\ ˈtēk How to pronounce teak (audio) \

Definition of teak

1 : a tall tropical Asian timber tree (Tectona grandis) of the vervain family
2 : the hard yellowish-brown wood of teak used especially for furniture and shipbuilding

Examples of teak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At just 60 inches wide, this two-cushion, teak wood sofa offers generous seating without taking up excess real estate. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 28 May 2021 As with the inboard model, the 43wallytender X offers a modular aft deck finished in luxe teak, which can be custom configured. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 May 2021 Save 70% on a Heritage credit card case in vivid turquoise, dark teak or black (a $128 value, now $38.40). oregonlive, 10 May 2021 When picking furniture, look to neutral shades and natural materials like teak and wicker. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 29 Apr. 2021 The bench is constructed from steel framing along with a maintenance-free synthetic wood in a natural teak finish. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Apr. 2021 The young, Black, progressive state lawmaker stands out amid the marble, walnut and teak at the Florida State Capitol. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Apr. 2021 While naturally weather resistant, acacia can still be sensitive to moisture and humidity, while teak is naturally weather-resistant and resistant to fungus. Adrienne Jordan, House Beautiful, 19 May 2021 The Alexandra offers a little more of a camping experience, with V-berths in a shared bunk space, while the Babkin’s all-teak interior features three cozy staterooms. Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2021

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First Known Use of teak

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for teak

Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka

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“Teak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teak. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of teak

: the strong, hard, yellowish-brown wood of a tree that grows in southeast Asia and that is used especially for making furniture and ships


\ ˈtēk How to pronounce teak (audio) \

Kids Definition of teak

: the hard yellowish-brown wood of a tall Asian tree that resists decay

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