Definition of kiaat in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɪˈɑːt/

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A tree with fragrant yellow flowers and useful timber that resembles teak, native to tropical and southern Africa.
  • Pterocarpus angolensis, family Leguminosae.
Example sentences
  • And my friend Glen Davis has a box pentatonic kalimba which has the deepest darkest kiaat wood I have ever seen.
  • This is a kiaat tree, which is slow growing, and often forms very twisted shapes.
  • The kiaat is a deciduous, spreading and slightly flat-crowned tree with a high canopy.


Mid 19th century: via Dutch from Malay kayu jati 'teak wood'.

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