[af-rawr-moh-zee-uh, -zhuh, -rohr-]
- a tree, Pericopsis elata (or Afrormosia elata), of western Africa, having wood that resembles teak and is used in cabinetwork.
- 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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- a hard teaklike wood obtained from tropical African trees of the leguminous genus Pericopsis
C20: from Afro- + Ormosia (genus name)
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