Definition of padauk in English:


Syllabification: pa·dauk
Pronunciation: /pəˈdouk
(also padouk)


  • 1Timber from a tropical tree of the pea family, resembling rosewood.
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    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Genus Pterocarpus, family Leguminosae: three species, in particular African padauk (P. soyauxii)
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    • 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.
    • 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.

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