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poon

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noun

any of several East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum, that yield a light, hard wood used for masts, spars, etc.
the wood of these trees.

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Origin of poon

1690–1700; compare Tamil punnai, pinnai,Malayalam punna names for Calophyllum inophyllum
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British Dictionary definitions for poon (1 of 2)

poon1
/ (puːn) /

noun

any of several trees of the SE Asian genus Calophyllum having lightweight hard wood and shiny leathery leaves: family Clusiaceae
the wood of any of these trees, used to make masts and spars

Word Origin for poon

C17: from Singhalese pūna

British Dictionary definitions for poon (2 of 2)

poon2
/ (puːn) /

noun

Australian slang a stupid or ineffectual person

Word Origin for poon

C20: from English dialect
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