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
Recent Examples of teak from the Web
Moisture-resistant teak is a solid choice for a durable cutting board, and the materials for this handsome edge grain model are all sourced from sustainable plantations.
Adventurous souls would ride the colonial-era train north from Mandalay and then bump over the mountains on the back of motorbike taxis to the tiny town of Lonton, a row of lakeside teak houses on stilts sheltering about 2,800 inhabitants.
Full-height teak frames at the sitting area, fireplace and the portal to the hallway leading to the bedrooms done by Martin and Carter Woodworking also add warmth to the space.
Inside, there’s room for five adults amid plenty of glossy wood, including a teak inlay floor.
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Origin and Etymology of teak
Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka
First Known Use: 1698See Words from the same year
TEAK Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of teak for Students
: the hard yellowish-brown wood of a tall Asian tree that resists decay
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