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.

Nearby words

  1. poole,
  2. pooled serum,
  3. poolroom,
  4. pools,
  5. poolside,
  6. poona,
  7. poonce,
  8. poontang,
  9. poop,
  10. poop cabin

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

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

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



British Dictionary definitions for poon

poon

1

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

noun

Australian slang a stupid or ineffectual person

Word Origin for poon

C20: from English dialect

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