from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anyone of several Brazilian species of large leguminous trees belonging to the genus Hymenæa, especially H. stilbocarpa. They yield resins similar to that obtained from the more northern H. Courbaril. See Hymenæa. Called also jatahy.
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Instead, there was plenty of “european” birch veneer ply, baltic birch, and plenty of species such as jatoba, mahogany, walnut, etc.
Along the river valleys, there is a gallery forest with jatoba Hymenaea rubriflora, jussara and araça Psidium sp., as well as species typical from surrounding moist forests and areas of restingas.
The _jatoba_ or _jatahy_ wood has a high specific gravity, and is considered one of the woods with the highest resistance to disintegration in Brazil -- as high as 1 kg. 315 gr. per square centimetre.
As we marched through the _matto_, using the large knives freely to open our way, we had to make great deviations in our course -- now because of a giant _jatoba_ lying dead upon the ground, then to give a wide berth to a group of graceful _akuri_ palms, with their huge spiky leaves.
We descended through thick undergrowth, under big _jatoba do matto_
Exotic equatorial hardwood: Favorites are ipe (Brazilian walnut), cumaru (Brazilian teak), garapa (Brazilian oak), jatoba (Brazilian cherry), massaranduba (Brazilian redwood) and tigerwood.