Definition of padauk in English:


(also padouk)


  • 1Timber from a tropical tree of the pea family, resembling rosewood.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the Myanmar people the Padauk tree is also a symbol of strength and durability.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from Burmese.