One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Timber from a tropical tree of the pea family, resembling rosewood.
- ‘In the first half of the eighteenth century ebony rosewood, and padouk were inlaid with floral designs ivory that was then engraved and highlighted with lac.’
- ‘The Indian furniture was usually of ebony, padouk, or rosewood with the floral borders and motifs either inlaid or engraved on ivory veneer.’
- ‘African padauk is reported to be available in both lumber and veneer forms on the market in North America, but prices are typically in the high range.’
- ‘In a similar way, penwork was developed to imitate the glamorous ivory-inlaid furniture of Vizagapatam, with its engraved floral designs set into dark ebony, rosewood, padouk, or sandalwood.’
2The large hardwood tree of the Old World tropics that is widely grown for this timber. Some kinds yield a red dye that is used for religious and ritual purposes.
- ‘Sattahip district chief Pongpat Wongtrakul led a tree-planting ceremony on December 4 at which 1,000 padauk trees were planted on Plutaluang Golf road.’
- ‘For the Myanmar people the Padauk tree is also a symbol of strength and durability.’
- ‘African padauk is reported to be relatively secure within its natural habitat in most areas including the Congo, but it is officially classified as Vulnerable in Cameroon.’
- ‘Twenty species are available, including American varieties and exotic types like zebrawood, padauk, and wenge.’
Mid 19th century: from Burmese.
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