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[mass noun] White, red, or yellow hardwood timber from Malaysia or Indonesia.
- ‘Some 874 cubic meters of the confiscated logs were meranti, a mahogany-like wood usually used for plywood and veneer.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘These products include plywood (known as lauan or meranti), dowels (used in tool handles such as brooms and mops), rayon, and palm oil.’
- ‘Standard species are Douglas fir, pine, and meranti, but other species are available for an up-charge.’
- ‘Refrigerator cabinet doors and the front of the bar featured imported meranti pine.’
Late 18th century: from Malay.
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