\ 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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The interiors are filled with teak and rosewood timber. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Boutique Hotel in the World," 9 Nov. 2018 Rooms have been sleekly redesigned in teak and zebra wood, reflecting a sophisticated Polynesian aesthetic. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Sabre, French maker of chic everyday cutlery in high-style finishes such as tortoise and horn, has introduced a teak edition that nails that Nordic note. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "A Few of Our Favorite Food Things Right Now," 6 Sep. 2018 The dial has orange indices (the hour indicators) with a bezel cut from nautical teak, the wood found on the decks of the finest boats. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Hublot in Brooklyn," 26 Sep. 2018 The tree-house-like stilted bungalows of Asilia’s Jabali Ridge—enclosed by teak louvered shutters and nest-like gum-wood-branch roofs—hide between boulders on a soaring granite outcrop, giving panoramic views of plains and otherworldly baobabs. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ruaha: The African National Park You'll Have Almost All to Yourself," 11 Oct. 2018 Upstairs terrace: Chairs, teak—Restoration Hardware; rh.com. House Beautiful, "April 2014 Issue Product Guide," 13 Mar. 2014 Rwandan builders custom-made the furniture from sustainable Tanzanian teak wood, and the property is run entirely on solar energy. New York Times, "At a Kigali Hotel, Luxury and Light," 12 May 2018 The Coast Guard warns boaters not to sit, teak surf or hang on the back deck or swim platform when the engine is running. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Carbon monoxide can be silent killer of boaters. Here's how to stay safe," 21 June 2018

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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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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


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Kids Definition of teak

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

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