Definition of afara in English:



  • A tall West African hardwood tree with a characteristic shape resembling a pagoda.

    Terminalia superba, family Combretaceae

    Also called limba
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might not have heard of the West African tree called limba (also widely known as afara and korina).’
    • ‘The tree crops planted in Nigeria are Gmelina arborea, teak, opepe, and white afara.’


1920s: from Yoruba.