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afrormosia

[af-rawr-moh-zee-uh, -zhuh, -rohr-]
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noun
  1. a tree, Pericopsis elata (or Afrormosia elata), of western Africa, having wood that resembles teak and is used in cabinetwork.
  2. the wood of this tree.

Origin of afrormosia

< New Latin (1906), orig. the genus name, equivalent to Latin Āfr-, stem of Āfer (adj.) African + New Latin Ormosia a genus to which the plant was first attributed (irregular from Greek hórmos necklace + New Latin -ia -ia; so called because the seeds of the plant were strung as necklaces)
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British Dictionary definitions for afrormosia

afrormosia

noun
  1. a hard teaklike wood obtained from tropical African trees of the leguminous genus Pericopsis

Word Origin

C20: from Afro- + Ormosia (genus name)
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