a leguminous tree, Colophospermum (or Copaifera) mopane, native to southern Africa, that is highly resistant to drought and produces very hard woodAlso called: ironwood

Word Origin for mopani

C19: from Setswana (a Bantu language) mo-pane
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Examples from the Web for mopani

Historical Examples of mopani

  • She sleeps the first night (she started in the afternoon) in a belt of Mopani forest.

  • 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.