\ 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 On Saturday, photographers caught Affleck taking a snooze during the two hour river tour aboard the Petrus III, a 71-foot teak yacht that was built in the 1950s, according to People. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 25 July 2022 This teak chair earned good scores during testing for its design, sturdiness, and level of comfort. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 Teak Trick: Accessories like shower benches and mats will last longer and look better when cleaned with a sudsy mix of dish soap and water and occasionally protected with a teak oil or sealer. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 It's made of dark red meranti wood treated with teak oil. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2022 These timelessly chic chaise lounges are crafted from solid acacia hardwood, with natural variation in the grain and an elegant teak stain. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2022 The dial’s blue color represents Mare Nostrum, and its textured surface resembles the boat’s teak deck. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 27 June 2022 Or slammed their finger in the jaws of a heavy teak adjustable chaise, ruining a perfectly lovely summer day? Sunset Magazine, 14 June 2022 The homeowners purchased a Marbella teak sofa and a matching rectangular coffee table for the space. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Teak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teak. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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