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Lauan wood


Wood obtained from any of several trees of the genera Shorea. Lauan wood is typically sold as Philippine mahogany on the American market. The reddish- brown wood resembles Mahogany in texture, weight, and strength but is not dimensionally stable with changes in relative humidity. Lauan wood is used for furniture, cabinetry, veneers, and boat building.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Shorea; Philippine mahogany; seraya

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 438
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997