Definition of sabicu in English:



  • A Caribbean tree of the pea family, with timber that resembles mahogany and is used chiefly in boatbuilding.

    Lysiloma sabicu, family Leguminosae

    • ‘I am in need of an organic method of dealing with thornbugs - every year they find my lysiloma sabicu tree very tasty.’
    • ‘Cedar, mahogany, sabicu, and other precious timbers, felled in the island's woods, were prodigiously used in the industry and hewn into majestic, shapely galleons, destined for the various Spanish armadas.’
    • ‘Wooden doors made from cedar, acana, sabicu - trees that are precious or now extinct - adorn many deco buildings in Centro Habana.’


Mid 19th century: from Cuban Spanish sabicú.