Definition of acajou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäkəZHo͞o/


1The wood of certain tropical timber-yielding trees, especially mahogany.
Example sentences
  • In French acajou means ‘mahogany’, which has caused confusion.
  • The rooms are built from sustainable African mahogany (acajou) which creates a feeling of warmth and homeliness.
  • The beautiful mahogany (acajou) used in its construction was specially cultivated for environmentally friendly construction in the man-made forests of South Africa.
2 another term for cashew.


Late 16th century: from French, via Portuguese from Tupi acajú.

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Syllabification: ac·a·jou

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