\ 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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Kids will love the personalized pillowcases, which are topped with a bedtime story every night, swings in the interior garden and the chance to take a ride on the hotel’s vintage teak canalboat. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in eight cities.," 28 June 2019 The Mandalay was tricked out with only the best — mahogany, brass, ivory fittings, a teak deck. Bonnie Gross, sun-sentinel.com, "Boat tours explore underwater Biscayne National Park," 20 June 2019 The sleek 70 foot Herreshoff sailboat, the Ventura, was originally launched in 1921 and has been completely restored, with a solid mahogany hull and lustrous Indian teak decks. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Mark Hotel's Private Sailboat is Officially Open for Summer," 6 June 2019 John Washburn’s Balinese teak wood tables can’t seduce you inside the Sullivan. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 The master suite holds one of five fireplaces, as well as bay windows and a bathroom with teak floors and hydronic heating. sacbee, "The Dude is selling: Take a look at Jeff Bridges’ Montecito home that’s for sale," 4 June 2019 Wood counters are typically made from rock maple--an extremely dense, blond hardwood--but teak, walnut, cherry and oak are also used. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Luang Prabang, the famous town between two rivers in Laos, full of monks and teak houses and coffee shops and hippies. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels, Islands, and Cruises to Watch in 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 Of course, petrified wood can stand up to the elements more than your average walnut or teak because it's been fossilized, which means organic elements that would cause it to decay have been naturally replaced with minerals. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Table Is 100 Million Years Old," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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