One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall West African hardwood tree with a characteristic shape resembling a pagoda.
Terminalia superba, family CombretaceaeAlso called limba
- ‘You might not have heard of the West African tree called limba (also widely known as afara and korina).’
- ‘Afara may he affected by "heart rot'', which affects the quality of its wood.’
- ‘Afara splits very readily and takes glue, stain and polish well.’
- ‘The parenchyma in this species is much less visible than in Afara but otherwise they are very similar in structure.’
- ‘The tree crops planted in Nigeria are Gmelina arborea, teak, opepe, and white afara.’
1920s: from Yoruba.
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