One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
White, red, or yellow hardwood timber from Malaysia or Indonesia.
This timber is obtained from trees of the genus Shorea, family Dipterocarpaceae
- ‘Among the timber on sale, one is likely to find meranti Jambi and tembesu, two species found only in Bukit Duabelas and Kerinci Seblat forests in Jambi.’
- ‘Refrigerator cabinet doors and the front of the bar featured imported meranti pine.’
- ‘Some 874 cubic meters of the confiscated logs were meranti, a mahogany-like wood usually used for plywood and veneer.’
- ‘Standard species are Douglas fir, pine, and meranti, but other species are available for an up-charge.’
- ‘These products include plywood (known as lauan or meranti), dowels (used in tool handles such as brooms and mops), rayon, and palm oil.’
Late 18th century: from Malay.
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