Definition of iroko in English:



  • A tropical African tree which yields pale timber that is sometimes used as an oak or teak substitute.

    • ‘Choose a tropical hardwood which is high in natural oil content like teak, iroko or courbaril.’
    • ‘As in most contemporary well-insulated buildings, much of what you see is cladding - predominantly green oak, though with frames and balustrades in iroko.’
    • ‘The woods used - European oak for the external screens, shutters and internal detailing, iroko for the giant windows - have been left untreated to weather through time.’
    • ‘However, iroko was in short supply in this area and cutting it required a permit, which cost 15 shillings in 1964.’
    • ‘Showcases and galleries in the new museum are made from iroko, an African hardwood resistant to the advances of the white ant, which arrived on the island in 1840.’


Late 19th century: from Yoruba.