teak

noun \ ˈtēk \

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

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Origin and Etymology of teak

Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka


TEAK Defined for English Language Learners

teak

noun

Definition of teak for English Language Learners

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


TEAK Defined for Kids

teak

noun \ ˈtēk \

Definition of teak for Students

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


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