Meaning of gaboon in English:


Pronunciation /ɡəˈbuːn/


(also gaboon mahogany)
  • A tropical West African hardwood tree which is valued for its timber.

    Aucoumea klaineana, family Burseraceae

    ‘While the ITTO study found that loggers target 35 tree species, just two, gaboon mahogany and sapele mahogany, account for over half of all logged timber.’
    • ‘I'm guessing from Mik's comments and prejudice that really good gaboon works as well as the hoop.’
    • ‘Gaboon is also called gaboon mahogany because its soft, silky reddish-brown wood is similar in color to mahogany.’
    • ‘Inside the foyer, the lower walls were panelled in gaboon mahogany, with wallboard above.’
    • ‘I am going to use hoop pine marine ply made in QLD as I just couldn't seem to get the quality I wanted in gaboon mahogany.’


Early 18th century (in the historical sense ‘a person from the country of Gabon’): from Gaboon (now Gabon); the current sense dates from the 1920s.