frei·​jo | \ ˈfrāˌjō, (ˈ)frāˈzhȯ \
plural -s

Definition of freijo

1 : the hard strong wood of a timber tree (Cordia goeldiana) of the lower Amazon used in pails and casks

called also Jenny wood

2 : the tree that yields freijo

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History and Etymology for freijo

modification of Portuguese Frei-Jorge, literally, friar George, from frei brother, friar (short for freire, from Old Provençal fraire, from Latin frater brother) + Jorge George

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“Freijo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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