Definition of mvule in US English:

mvule

(also muvule, mvula, mvuli)

noun

  • In East Africa: the iroko tree, Milicia (or Chlorophora) excelsa (also "mvule tree"); the hardwood timber of this tree, used especially in cabinetmaking, building, and shipbuilding.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London. From Swahili mvule (plural mivule). With form muvule compare Luganda muvule.

Pronunciation

mvule

/(ə)mˈvuːleɪ/