from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of mahogany, the wood of Cedrela fissilis: also applied to the true mahogany and other similar woods. See mahogany.
  • noun The fruit of the tree Anacardium occidentale. See cashew-nut, cashew-tree.
  • noun A gum or resin extracted from the bark of Anacardium occidentale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The cashew tree; also, its fruit. See cashew.
  • noun The mahogany tree; also, its timber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The wood from the mahogany tree or other trees from the family Meliaceae.
  • noun A moderate reddish brown that is slightly yellower and stronger than mahogany acajou colour:    


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



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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