Timber from any of the oily, tropical trees of the family Canarium, such as the Canarium schweinfurthii tree, native to Nigeria and Ghana. Canarium wood is a light pinkish brown in color. It is often stained as a mahogany substitute for use in flooring, furniture and cabinetry. Canarium wood has a tendency to warp and is prone to insect attack. Some canarium trees exude a resin, called elemi, which is used in varnishes and inks.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Canarium schweinfurthii; aïélé (Fr.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998