a. A large deciduous tree (Tectona grandis) in the mint family, native to tropical South and Southeast Asia, having hard, heavy, durable yellowish-brown wood.
b. The wood of this tree, used especially for furniture and in shipbuilding.
2. A grayish yellowish brown or grayish to moderate brown.
[Portuguese teca, from Malayalam tēkka.]
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