Definition of gaboon in English:


Syllabification: ga·boon
Pronunciation: /gəˈbo͞on
(also gaboon mahogany)


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