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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name, in Argentina and Paraguay, of several trees belonging to the genus Tecoma, of the Bignonia family, and particularly of T. Lapacho, a tree 50 to 70 feet high, yielding a bark used in tanning and a valuable heavy wood, much sought for building and naval construction.

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  • "These cases you can see are made from lapacho, a wood that has no cracks that insects can penetrate; I ordered the shelves especially: they are ten hardwood boards stuck together with an insect-repellent glue, and I put glass fronts on them because books obviously accumulate dust."
    The House of Paper by Carlos María Domínguez, translated by Nick Caistor, pp 36-37

    January 15, 2011