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- n. The wood from the mahogany tree or other trees from the family Meliaceae.
- n. A moderate reddish brown that is slightly yellower and stronger than mahogany acajou colour:
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cashew tree; also, its fruit. See cashew.
- n. The mahogany tree; also, its timber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of mahogany, the wood of Cedrela fissilis: also applied to the true mahogany and other similar woods. See mahogany.
- n. The fruit of the tree Anacardium occidentale. See cashew-nut, cashew-tree.
- n. A gum or resin extracted from the bark of Anacardium occidentale.
Newly arrived runaways had first to erase their past, mutilating their brands with knives or the juice of toxic plants—acajou or bresillet—that caused disfiguring welts.
For these are rich; and the high solemnities of burial are theirs -- the coffin of acajou, and the triple ringing, and the Cross of Gold to be carried before them as they pass to their long sleep under the palms, -- saluted for the last time by all the population of St. Pierre, standing bareheaded in the sun ....
Puerto an old monastery was chosen for 'La Traviata:' the latter was realistic as Crabbe's poetry; even in bed the unfortunate 'Misled' one could not do without a certain truncated cylinder of acajou.
At St. Domingo, it is considered as a species of _acajou_,  and they give it that name.
As for the English word, OED2e records its root as French acajou and its first use as early as 1703.
It is a fine medicine, and the sap of the tree produces a product like gum arabic, and is known in commerce as acajou. "
"My furniture," he recorded, "just from Paris, was acajou and white and blue horse-hair.