One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The wood of several tropical American timber-yielding trees, especially mahogany.
- ‘The beautiful mahogany (acajou) used in its construction was specially cultivated for environmentally friendly construction in the man-made forests of South Africa.’
- ‘The rooms are built from sustainable African mahogany (acajou) which creates a feeling of warmth and homeliness.’
- ‘In French acajou means ‘mahogany’, which has caused confusion.’
- ‘A hotel conceived with beautiful mahogany (acajou) wood specially cultivated for environment friendly construction in the man made forests of South Africa.’
2another term for cashew
Late 16th century: from French, via Portuguese from Tupi acajú.
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