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Mottled African mahogany (Acajou) (Khaya grandifolia)


1) The wood from any of several species of Mahogany, genus Swietenia.

2) Name used for the cashew tree, as well as its nuts and oil. The mucilage from the bark is used in inks and varnishes, as a Tannin, and as a bookbinders gum.

Synonyms and Related Terms

acajou (Fr.); mogno americano (Port.)

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Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993