Definition of ovangkol in US English:

ovangkol

(also ovengkol)

noun

  • A tree indigenous to West Africa and western central Africa, Guibourtia ehie (family Caesalpiniaceae (Leguminosae)). Also: the wood of this tree, much valued for its hardness and dark, flecked, golden brown colour.

Origin

1970s. From Fang oveng-nkol from oveng, name of another species of Guibourtia, Guibourtia tessmannii + nkol rope, string.

Pronunciation

ovangkol

/əˈvaŋkɒl/