One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A southern Asian tree of the pea family, yielding hard durable timber which is used in heavy construction work.
Xylia dolabriformis, family Leguminosae
- ‘A tall, straight pyinkado tree was chosen from the jungle by a shaman as the festival totem.’
- ‘At the edge of the stream there was a huge dead pyinkado tree festooned with spidery orchids.’
Mid 19th century: from Burmese.
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