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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Like the Esperanza, a Victorian steam boat, complete with original oak timbers and teak deck.
▪ Ellen meanwhile cleared the foam from the teak deck, then searched Wavebreaker's cabins.
▪ Batwing doors from a Wild West saloon led into the main bar, which was paneled in beautifully carved Siamese teak.
▪ Because of the large teak frame, Mama Tuyet occupied center stage on the altar.
▪ It was about eight inches square and framed in black teak.
▪ It was long, cool and cavernous here; customers sat at small round tables, also of teak.
▪ The commander sat in a pinstripe suit behind his desk, an island of teak in a sea of purple carpet.
▪ They find it difficult to build a home for their babies in a Dimmock water feature or a teak pergola.
▪ This is an efficiently laid-out room, with its two sinks and teak draining board.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Teak \Teak\ (t[=e]k), n. [Malayalam tekku.] (Bot.) A tree of East Indies ( Tectona grandis) which furnishes an extremely strong and durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes; also, the timber of the tree. [Written also teek.]

African teak, a tree ( Oldfieldia Africana) of Sierra Leone; also, its very heavy and durable wood; -- called also African oak.

New Zeland teak, a large tree ( Vitex littoralis) of New Zeland; also, its hard, durable timber.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of large East Indian tree yielding dark, heavy wood, 1690s, from Portuguese teca, from Malayam tekka, corresponding to Tamil tekku, Telugu teku, Kanarese tegu "the teak tree." The Hindi name is sagwan, sagun.


a. Of a yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood. n. 1 (context uncountable English) An extremely durable timber highly valued for shipbuilding and other purposes, yielded by (taxlink Tectona grandis species noshow=1) (and (taxlink Tectona genus noshow=1) spp.). 2 (context countable English) A tree of the species in the genus ''Tectona'' 3 (context uncountable English) A yellowish brown colour, like that of teak wood.

  1. n. hard strong durable yellowish-brown wood of teak trees; resistant to insects and to warping; used for furniture and in shipbuilding [syn: teakwood]

  2. tall East Indian timber tree now planted in western Africa and tropical America for its hard durable wood [syn: Tectona grandis]


Teak (Tectona grandis) is a tropical hardwood species placed in the family Lamiaceae. Tectona grandis is a large, deciduous tree that occurs in mixed hardwood forests. It has small, fragrant white flowers and papery leaves that are often hairy on the lower surface. It is sometimes known as the "Burmese Teak". Teak wood has a leather-like smell when it is freshly milled. It is particularly valued for its durability and water resistance, and is used for boat building, exterior construction, veneer, furniture, carving, turnings, and other small wood projects. Tectona grandis is native to south and southeast Asia, mainly India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Bangladesh but is naturalised and cultivated in many countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Myanmar's teak forests account for nearly half of the world's naturally occurring teak. Molecular studies show that there are two centres of genetic origin of teak; one in India and the other in Myanmar and Laos. "CP Teak" ("Central Province" Teak) is a description of teak from central states of India. "Nagpur Teak" is another regional Indian teak.It produces small, white flowers arranged in dense clusters (panicles) at the end of the branches. Flowers contain both types of reproductive organs (perfect flowers)

The word teak comes from, Tamil "tekku" (தேக்கு), Malayalam word thekku, (തേക്കു്) via the Portuguese teca. The plant is known as Thekka (තේක්ක) in Sinhala by Sri Lankan people.

Usage examples of "teak".

All this great ever-increasing flood of bronze, brass, chrome, Fiberglas, lapstreak, teak, auto pilots, burgees, Power Squadron hats, nylon line, all this chugging winking blundering glitter of props, bilge pumps and self-importance needs dockside space.

Faulkner swore, lit another cigarillo, and watched the man who sat opposite her broad teak desk.

When the immense teak tub was full of water, perfumed with miada grass and sweetened with gomuti sugar, we both stripped off our silks and got into it together.

Janine repeated, running her fingers over the varnished teak joinery, and then bouncing experimentally on the couches.

In the right-hand corner, almost invisible from outside, was a narrow door of thick teak that opened very readily when the Mahatma fumbled with it although I saw no lock, hasp or keyhole on the side toward us.

The Sunhoose fire wi the wee twirly bits in the veneered teak surrounds has seen better days.

Swearing, Breezy jerked her hand up to her face and Cori dove, her weight knocking Breezy backward and sending the gun across the polished teak floor, landing in the fringe of the oriental carpet.

Outside some one was pulling the punkah rope, and the great leaves of linen, attached to heavy teak poles, swayed back and forth over his head, stirring slightly the dense, humid atmosphere.

His body was matte-black except where the dusty gray of scars seamed it, a gaunt thing of massive bones and muscles shrunken and knotted and still powerful enough to crack teak beams.

There were camphor trees and teaks and African cedars and red stinkwood trees, and here and there a dark green cloud of leaves mushroomed above the forest canopy.

It was a small, uncolonized comet, carrying a lumbered first growth of some seventy gigatons of oak, teak, and mahogany hybrids.

The Sunhoose fire wi the wee twirly bits in the veneered teak surrounds has seen better days.

As he approached, he could see it was an antique fireboat, built of rich brown wood, mahogany or teak.

The small local industry had made full use of the waste products of the mines at Mont Royal, and many of the teak and ivory carvings were decorated with fragments of calcite and fluorspar picked from the refuse heaps, ingeniously worked into the statuettes to form miniature crowns and necklaces.

He learned the tensile strength of the local teak or cedar with near-native fluency, jackfruit disaster notwithstanding.