gua·​ya·​bi | \ ¦gwīə¦bē \
plural -s

Definition of guayabi

1 : a large South American timber tree (Patagonula americana) of the family Boraginaceae
2 : the highly valued hard tough heavy wood of the guayabi:
a : a thick whitish or pale brown sapwood that is used especially for parts or articles (as tool handles and oars) subject to rough usage and recurrent strain
b : a heartwood usually variegated in shades of brown or blackish purple and capable of taking a high polish that is used for fine furniture, turning, and cabinetwork

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History and Etymology for guayabi

American Spanish guayabí, guayaibí, from Guarani guayavi

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“Guayabi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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