majagua

noun ma·ja·gua
variants: or mahagua \məˈhägwə\

Definition of majagua

plural -s
:either of two malvaceous trees that are often considered variant forms of a single species:
a :an irregularly spreading or shrubby tree (Hibiscus tiliaceus) that is widely distributed along tropical shores, yields a light tough wood used especially for canoe outriggers and a fibrous bast used for cordage and caulking, and is often cultivated for ornament or for its useful products called also balibago, purau
b :an erect forest tree (H. elatus) of the West Indian uplands yielding a moderately dense timber with the heartwood variegated in purple, metallic blue, and olive that is in demand especially for cabinetwork and gunstocks called also blue mahoe

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Origin and Etymology of majagua

American Spanish (also, demajagua, damajagua), from Taino


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