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  • n. A hardwood obtained from several African trees of the genus Chlorophora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A valuable timber-tree of West Africa, Chlorophora excelsa, of the mulberry family. Its wood has a finely mottled grain and is much used for building purposes on account of its resisting the attacks of termites.


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  • Logging of natural forest for valuable hardwoods such as iroko (Milicia excelsa) and mahogany (Khaya and Entandrophragma species) has also contributed to the decline in forest area in all four countries in this ecoregion.

    Eastern Guinean forests

  • Also they mixed materials such as wood, iroko, luxurious fabrics, wallpapers, antique furniture and impressive chandeliers.

    Contemporary Greek Style House in the UK

  • The structure is made of stainless steel AISI 316 and iroko wood FSC certified.

    Orikami Sofa

  • Concrete is used for the envelope and the floors; steel is used for the pillars and for the window frames; and untreated exotic wood (iroko) is used for the external curtain.

    The Biscuit House by aum

  • He had a five o' clock shadow and his eyes were iroko.


  • Its outer cladding is designed to filter the ocean wind by employing horizontal wood slats composed of iroko wood a type of wood that is impervious to rot and can withstand cyclone-force winds.

    Alla Kazovsky: "Live-by-Design" Wholeheartedly

  • The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), widely planted throughout the tropics for oil production, is native to the hotspot, while valuable timber species include the African ebony (Diospyros gracilis), two genera of African mahogany (Entandophragma and Khaya), and iroko (Milicia excelsa), which is widely exploited.

    Biological diversity in the Guinean forests of West Africa

  • Pursuits we made vows to, sitting on anthill under shade of iroko, that sunny day that first day of meeting, that first day in the house of learning.

    Archive 2007-11-21

  • According to forestry officials, five species known as tola, wenge, iroko, sapelli and limba account for close to 80 percent of the total timber exports in the country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • - Chlorophora excelsa (iroko): this is a large tree which is suitable for cabinetmaking and external joinery.

    1.1. Forests


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  • "Walnut storage from BoConcept echoes the warmth of the external iroko cladding, while the travertine flooring picks up the tones of the house's original stone walls."

    Homes & Interiors Scotland, September & October 2009, p 79

    December 5, 2010