from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


From French, acajou ("cashew"), from Portuguese acaju, from Old Tupi acaju or agapú ("mahogany") or the same root as cashew[2]. (Wiktionary)



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  • Or the acajou boxes filled with little white packets like a village apothecary's cachets, wrapped in parchment covered with untranslatable ciphers . . .
    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 14

    September 29, 2008