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[guh-boon, ga-, gah-]
  1. Also called gaboon mahogany. the soft, reddish-brown wood of an African tree, Aucoumea klaineana, used for making furniture.
  2. the tree itself.
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Origin of gaboon

First recorded in 1910–15; variant of Gabon
Also called okoume.
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Examples from the Web for gaboon

Historical Examples of gaboon

  • Near the Gaboon river it is called wambee; and in Benguela, kissumba.

    Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)

    Carl Engel

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

  • 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).

British Dictionary definitions for gaboon


  1. the dark mahogany-like wood from a western and central African burseraceous tree, Aucoumea klaineana, used in plywood, for furniture, and as a veneer
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Word Origin for gaboon

C20: altered from Gabon
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