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acajou

[ak-uh-zhoo, -joo] /ˈæk əˌʒu, -ˌdʒu/
noun
1.
the wood of any of several species of mahogany.
2.
the cashew tree, its nuts, or resin.
Origin of acajou
1715-1725
1715-25; < French < Portuguese acajú; see cashew
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Historical Examples
  • acajou in French, signifies mahogany, as it does also in Louisiana Creole.

    "Gombo Zhbes" Lafcadio Hearn
  • Du Clos, origin of his fairy tale of acajou and Zirphile, and account of his satirical preface to it, ii.

British Dictionary definitions for acajou

acajou

/ˈækəˌʒuː/
noun
1.
a type of mahogany used by cabinet-makers in France
2.
a less common name for cashew
Word Origin
C18: via French from Portuguese acajú, from Tupi
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