Definition of kiaat in English:



  • A tree with fragrant yellow flowers and useful timber that resembles teak, native to tropical and southern Africa.

    Pterocarpus angolensis, family Leguminosae

    • ‘This is a kiaat tree, which is slow growing, and often forms very twisted shapes.’
    • ‘The kiaat is a deciduous, spreading and slightly flat-crowned tree with a high canopy.’
    • ‘Combretums grow in large numbers and there are giant sycamore figs, mkuhlus, maroelas, kiaats and spectacular flowering trees such as the white pear and the red and orange kaffirboom.’
    • ‘This beautiful seascape was made with blue pine, aspen, myrtlewood, kiaat, maple, red cedar and yellowheart.’
    • ‘And my friend Glen Davis has a box pentatonic kalimba which has the deepest darkest kiaat wood I have ever seen.’


Mid 19th century: via Dutch from Malay kayu jati ‘teak wood’.