- a large East Indian tree, Tectona grandis, of the verbena family, yielding a hard, durable, resinous, yellowish-brown wood used for shipbuilding, making furniture, etc.
- the wood of this tree.
- any of various similar trees or woods.
Origin of teak
1665–75; earlier teke < Portuguese teca < Malayalam tēkka
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Examples from the Web for teak
Here, table, highboy chairs, and screen—mahogany, cherry, teak—looked nervous and disproportioned.Marco Roth’s Book Bag: The Anti-Memoir Memoir
October 1, 2013
The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Yucker Brothers had concessions and teak forests in the interior.Lord Jim
It is very elastic and withstands the climate, when seasoned, as well as Teak.The Philippine Islands
The forest was open, and consisted of teak and cedar with but little undergrowth.The Call Of The South
That figured (Fig. 12) is made by mounting a teak top 60 cm.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique
John William Henry Eyre
- a large verbenaceous tree, Tectona grandis, of the East Indies, having white flowers and yielding a valuable dense wood
- the hard resinous yellowish-brown wood of this tree, used for furniture making, etc
- any of various similar trees or their wood
- a brown or yellowish-brown colour
C17: from Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka
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Word Origin and History for teak
type of East Indian tree, 1690s, from Portuguese teca, from Malayam tekka, corresponding to Tamil tekku, Telugu teku, Kanarese tegu.
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