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[guh-boon, ga-, gah-] /gəˈbun, gæ-, gɑ-/
Also called gaboon mahogany. the soft, reddish-brown wood of an African tree, Aucoumea klaineana, used for making furniture.
the tree itself.
Also called okoume.
Origin of gaboon
First recorded in 1910-15; variant of Gabon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Near the gaboon river it is called wambee; and in Benguela, kissumba.

  • During that time he travelled all through the Ogowe and gaboon valleys.

    Gorillas & Chimpanzees R. L. Garner
  • And so it has been in Liberia, in746 Lagos, gaboon, and in many other places.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • His home is the forests of the gaboon, the coast of Angola, and Guinea.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • But that limit is doubtless some distance north of this river (gaboon).

    Lectures and Essays T.H. Huxley
  • My reputation as a navigator was great before I left gaboon.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • Professor Garner has done so among the Simian population of gaboon.

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • On the sixteenth day after leaving Fernando Po they entered the gaboon.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • The men must agree to take us up into the Fan country, as far as the rapids on the gaboon.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • The bid was accepted at once, and the day before Christmas fixed as the period of her delivery, after a trip to the gaboon.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for gaboon


the dark mahogany-like wood from a western and central African burseraceous tree, Aucoumea klaineana, used in plywood, for furniture, and as a veneer
Word Origin
C20: altered from Gabon
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