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Lute (sitar)
MFA# 1971.84


A tree, Cedrela toona, native to India, southeast Asia, and Australia. Timber from the toon (tun) tree is a beautiful deep red color that polishes well. The durable wood is used for furniture and cabinetry. A red dye is obtained from the dried flowers of the tree. The primary colorants in the dye are nycanthin and Quercetin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Cedrela toona; toonwood; tun; Chinese cedar

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Density = 35 ppcf

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 166
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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