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[teek] /tik/
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.
the wood of this tree.
any of various similar trees or woods.
Origin of teak
1665-75; earlier teke < Portuguese teca < Malayalam tēkka Unabridged
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Examples from the web for teak
  • It was all teak-teakwood was cheap in that part of the world.
  • Several forays paid off with a clutch of long-lived species, including teak and po mu, a rare cypress.
  • Hundreds of birds are for sale as are elaborate teak and bamboo cages, accessories, and bird food.
  • The mosquito-proof rooms are spacious, clean and decked out with teak wood ceilings and floors.
  • The flying bridge overlooks a teak-covered lido at the stern with plenty of deck space for sunbathing atop cushioned deck chairs.
  • As day transitions into night, the ship's teak-covered sun decks are transformed into beautiful al fresco dining venues.
  • All accommodations are beautifully decorated with teak and marble flooring and marble baths.
  • Most of the ship's outer deck areas are covered in teak.
  • They feature a sitting area, large bathroom and teak-floored deck with faux-wicker furnishings.
  • On-board features include a sun deck and teak and custom stone decks.
British Dictionary definitions for teak


a large verbenaceous tree, Tectona grandis, of the East Indies, having white flowers and yielding a valuable dense wood
the hard resinous yellowish-brown wood of this tree, used for furniture making, etc
any of various similar trees or their wood
a brown or yellowish-brown colour
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for teak

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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