Definition of iroko in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪˈrəʊkəʊ
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noun (plural irokos)

A tropical African tree which yields pale timber that is sometimes used as an oak or teak substitute.
  • Genus Chlorophora, family Moraceae: several species
More example sentences
  • Showcases and galleries in the new museum are made from iroko, an African hardwood resistant to the advances of the white ant, which arrived on the island in 1840.
  • Choose a tropical hardwood which is high in natural oil content like teak, iroko or courbaril.
  • As in most contemporary well-insulated buildings, much of what you see is cladding - predominantly green oak, though with frames and balustrades in iroko.


late 19th century: from Yoruba.

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