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teak

[teek] /tik/
noun
1.
a large East Indian tree, Tectona grandis, of the verbena family, yielding a hard, durable, resinous, yellowish-brown wood used for shipbuilding, making furniture, etc.
2.
the wood of this tree.
3.
any of various similar trees or woods.
Origin of teak
1665-1675
1665-75; earlier teke < Portuguese teca < Malayalam tēkka
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teak

/tiːk/
noun
1.
a large verbenaceous tree, Tectona grandis, of the East Indies, having white flowers and yielding a valuable dense wood
2.
the hard resinous yellowish-brown wood of this tree, used for furniture making, etc
3.
any of various similar trees or their wood
4.
a brown or yellowish-brown colour
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka
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n.

type of East Indian tree, 1690s, from Portuguese teca, from Malayam tekka, corresponding to Tamil tekku, Telugu teku, Kanarese tegu.

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