American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tall evergreen tree (Tectona grandis) of southeast Asia, having hard, heavy, durable yellowish-brown wood.
- n. The wood of this tree, used especially for furniture and in shipbuilding.
- n. A grayish yellowish brown or grayish to moderate brown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian timber-tree, Tectona grandis, or its wood. The tree abounds in the mixed forests of India. Burma. Siam, and the Malayan islands; it has been reduced by cutting in India and Burma, but is now maintained by government within the British domain. It grows to a height of 120 to 150 feet, with a girth of 20 or 25 feet, and bears drooping leaves 8 to 12 inches long. Its timber is of a yellow-ish-brown color, is straight-grained and easily worked, when once seasoned does not warp or crack, is hard and strong, and, owing to the presence of a resinous oil, is extremely durable. For shipbuilding it is perhaps the most valuable wood known, being especially preferred for armored vessels, since it does not, like oak, corrode the iron. It is exported in large quantities to Great Britain, and somewhat to other countries, chiefly for this use and for building railway-carriages, and is employed in India for these and many other purposes. The oil is extracted from the wood in Burma, and used medicinally and as a substitute for linseed-oil and as a varnish. A tar used medicinally is also distilled from it, and the leaves afford a red dye. The name is applicable to the other species of Tectona.
- n. uncountable An extremely durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes, yielded by Tectona grandis (and Tectona spp.).
- n. countable A tree of the species in the genus Tectona
- n. uncountable A yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood.
- adj. Of a yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A tree of East Indies (Tectona grandis) which furnishes an extremely strong and durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes; also, the timber of the tree.
- n. hard strong durable yellowish-brown wood of teak trees; resistant to insects and to warping; used for furniture and in shipbuilding
- n. tall East Indian timber tree now planted in western Africa and tropical America for its hard durable wood
- Portuguese teca, from Malayalam തേക്കു് or Tamil தேக்கு (tēkku). (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The chair handmade in teak & leather is an experiment to evoke emotions that emerge in these modern times of straight line mass productible furniture.”
“Give your next PC all the style of fine furniture or a sleek sailboat by having it encased in teak or mahogany.”
“The interior was trimmed in teak, as was the companionway leading into the cabin.”
“Then when it dries you use special oil called teak oil.”
“Slow growing trees such as teak and many other hardwoods will be cut down and not replanted when interest rates are even moderately high.”
“(The tabletop, bought from Seattle dealer David Smith, is made of Indonesian teak, which is expensive, "but it's a tropical hardwood, so it'll last forever," says Ed. He hated the table's original base, so he tore it off and replaced it with plain steel legs.”
“Moreover, the bigger trees such as teak and cedar provide ideal conditions for the smaller cocoa trees which grow best in the shade, while the roots of the bigger trees oxygenate the soil.”
“Moreover, the bigger trees such as teak and cedar provide ideal conditions for the smaller cocoa trees, which grow best in the shade, while the roots of the bigger trees oxygenate the soil.”
“Focused solely on forest plantations, RE-Forest Fund LP will manage various tree species such as teak, conifer and eucalyptus that each respond to different commercial markets from construction to renewable energy.”
“Outdoor wood furniture, such as teak patio furniture, is often a lifetime investment.”
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