[ teek ]
/ tik /


a large East Indian tree, Tectona grandis, of the verbena family, yielding a hard, durable, resinous, yellowish-brown wood used for shipbuilding, making furniture, etc.
the wood of this tree.
any of various similar trees or woods.

Origin of teak

1665–75; earlier teke < Portuguese teca < Malayalam tēkka
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/ (tiːk) /


a large verbenaceous tree, Tectona grandis, of the East Indies, having white flowers and yielding a valuable dense wood
the hard resinous yellowish-brown wood of this tree, used for furniture making, etc
any of various similar trees or their wood
a brown or yellowish-brown colour

Word Origin for teak

C17: from Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka
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