poon

[poon]
noun
  1. any of several East Indian trees of the genus Calophyllum, that yield a light, hard wood used for masts, spars, etc.
  2. the wood of these trees.

Origin of poon

1690–1700; compare Tamil punnai, pinnai, Malayalam punna names for Calophyllum inophyllum
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Examples from the Web for poon

Historical Examples of poon

  • Breaking a thick branch off a poon tree he whittled away the minor stems.

  • The rifle was fired by means of the string, the loose coils of which were secreted at the foot of the poon.


British Dictionary definitions for poon

poon

1
noun
  1. any of several trees of the SE Asian genus Calophyllum having lightweight hard wood and shiny leathery leaves: family Clusiaceae
  2. the wood of any of these trees, used to make masts and spars

Word Origin for poon

C17: from Singhalese pūna

poon

2
noun
  1. Australian slang a stupid or ineffectual person

Word Origin for poon

C20: from English dialect
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