\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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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 The new events center, at 13,456 square feet, will dwarf the current 5,800-square-foot venue, which sits along Lake Mendsen, seats up to 200 people and features a ballroom with a grand teak cathedral ceiling. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Couples married before 'Pinterest age' set to renew vows in farewell to Winter Park civic center," 12 July 2018 Instead, a soaking tub is perched just off to the side atop a teak-style platform, within view of the retractable door, to give a feeling of soaking outside. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Phoenix couple puts 'blood, sweat and tears' into historic 1925 Coronado renovation," 28 June 2018 Starting at $5,400; the teak model starts at $7,000. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Homeowners Discover (Again) the Luxury of Soaking Tubs," 14 June 2018 Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort also offers a Manohra Cruises dinner on a restored, antique teak boat in Bangkok for 2,500 baht per person, not including drinks. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 In the main living area, teak chairs with rush seats surround an elm dining table, industrial-style stools line the kitchen counter, and clear glass pendants fit in without disappearing. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "After renting for years on Martha’s Vineyard, building a getaway all their own," 15 June 2018 The cooking zone comes complete with Corian countertops, teak cabinets, Sub-Zero appliances and a laundry closet. Megan Stein, PEOPLE.com, "Cobie Smulders and Husband Taran Killam Unload New York City Penthouse for $3.1 Million," 30 May 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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