\ 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Terrain is offering 25% off select summer favorites, from a teak-root charger plate to two-seat sofas, with the code YOUREIT. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 The wooden stand, made of weatherproofed teak, is strong enough to hold up to 400 pounds, and the crisp white hammock strung on top is made of breathable, water-resistant fabric that holds up against the elements. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hammocks to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Staycations," 18 June 2020 To the left of the entrance is the kitchen, with teak cabinets and Caesarstone counters. New York Times, "What You Get for $450,000 in California," 13 Apr. 2020 The kitchen has custom teak cabinets, a food-prep and display island topped by smooth concrete and a yakitori grill built against a brick wall that extends to the covered deck. oregonlive, "Restored Scandinavian midcentury modern in Southwest Portland showcases soothing spaces," 22 Mar. 2020 The living room floor is a design made from teak and mahogany. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3M Bloomfield Hills home's dining room floor used to be in Henry Ford II's house," 29 Feb. 2020 The downstairs patio has lush plantings and a number of seating areas, including a teak deck off the master suite. New York Times, "What You Get for $2 Million in California," 17 Feb. 2020 Its neighbors are a pair of cleverly interlocking wooden stars, one in teak, another in birch, the humble quality of the carpentry a counterpoint to their complexity of form, reminiscent of da Vinci’s illustrations of the Platonic solids. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "The Constellation of Frank Stella," 18 Mar. 2020 The 117-foot yacht, built in the early 20th century for a Detroit industrialist, was once sumptuously appointed in mahogany and teak, with a social hall that featured a piano. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, "Microbes Point the Way to Shipwrecks," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Teak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teak. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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