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

Examples of iroko in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chunky wood furnishings crafted from stained iroko and touches of forest green Astrus marble bring the outside in, but what really connects you with nature are the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the lodge, including one next to the luxuriously deep tub. Nicola Leigh Stewart, Robb Report, 18 Apr. 2024 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


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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“Iroko.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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