Definition of gaboon in US English:


(also gaboon mahogany)


  • A tropical West African hardwood tree which is valued for its timber.

    Aucoumea klaineana, family Burseraceae

    Also called okoume
    • ‘I am going to use hoop pine marine ply made in QLD as I just couldn't seem to get the quality I wanted in gaboon mahogany.’
    • ‘While the ITTO study found that loggers target 35 tree species, just two, gaboon mahogany and sapele mahogany, account for over half of all logged timber.’
    • ‘Gaboon is also called gaboon mahogany because its soft, silky reddish-brown wood is similar in color to mahogany.’
    • ‘Inside the foyer, the lower walls were panelled in gaboon mahogany, with wallboard above.’
    • ‘I'm guessing from Mik's comments and prejudice that really good gaboon works as well as the hoop.’


Early 20th century: from Gaboon (now Gabon).