- a leguminous tree, Colophospermum (or Copaifera) mopane, native to southern Africa, that is highly resistant to drought and produces very hard woodAlso called: ironwood
C19: from Setswana (a Bantu language) mo-pane
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Examples from the Web for mopani
She sleeps the first night (she started in the afternoon) in a belt of Mopani forest.Tales of South Africa
This stuffs too valuable till we get clear of the mopani belt.
And then beyond—across the plains, grown with mopani bush—the road was all deep sand.The Matabele Campaign
R. S. S. Baden-Powell
Then there was silence again in the mopani forest, where lay three motionless human bodies; dead silence, for—hours, it seemed.
“Peters picked him up in the mopani veldt, down Pagadi way, and brought him on,” said Lamont.