One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Caribbean tree of the pea family, with timber that resembles mahogany and is used chiefly in boatbuilding.
- ‘Cedar, mahogany, sabicu, and other precious timbers, felled in the island's woods, were prodigiously used in the industry and hewn into majestic, shapely galleons, destined for the various Spanish armadas.’
- ‘Wooden doors made from cedar, acana, sabicu - trees that are precious or now extinct - adorn many deco buildings in Centro Habana.’
- ‘I am in need of an organic method of dealing with thornbugs - every year they find my lysiloma sabicu tree very tasty.’
Mid 19th century: from Cuban Spanish sabicú.
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