Definition of gaboon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəˈbo͞on/
(also gaboon mahogany)


A tropical West African hardwood tree valued for its timber. Also called okoume.
  • Aucoumea klaineana, family Burseraceae.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Early 20th century: from Gaboon (now Gabon).

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Syllabification: ga·boon

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