iroko

noun

iro·​ko ə-ˈrō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce iroko (audio)
: a large tropical western African tree (Chlorophora excelsa) of the mulberry family having strong streaky insect-resistant wood which is often used as a teak substitute
also : this wood

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The infinity pool has a surround of Salvatori lava stone, and the gazebo of iroko wood has a bamboo-trellis ceiling. Rosaria Zucconi, ELLE Decor, 4 Jan. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Yoruba ìrokò

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iroko was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Iroko.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iroko. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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