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  1. any of several trees belonging to the genus Eperua, of the legume family, native to the Guianas and northern Brazil.
  2. the hard, heavy wood of any of these trees, used in the construction of buildings.
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Origin of wallaba

Borrowed into English from Arawak around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for wallaba

Historical Examples

  • The second size, all golden green on the back, must be looked for in the wallaba forest.

    Wanderings in South America

    Charles Waterton

  • Wallaba, wol′a-ba, n. a Guiana tree with winged leaves and streaked reddish wood.

  • The wild red sage is also their favourite shrub, and they buzz like bees round the blossom of the wallaba tree.