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(also shisham tree)
An Indian tree of the pea family, which produces useful timber.
Dalbergia sissoo, family Leguminosae‘Saharanpur is the home of the famous carved and delicately inlaid shisham wood furniture that takes its name from the town.’
- ‘Climatic changes are taking a heavy toll on kikar and shisham trees in south western part of Punjab.’
- ‘Certain traditional trees like imli, jamun and banyan may also meet the fate of shisham and keekar.’
- ‘The old neem and shisham trees that line every road are leafy beyond explanation for they are allowed to grow.’
- ‘Now the rain had slowed to a murmur and the lane was empty except for a water buffalo, its black hide agleam, standing meditatively under the shisham tree on the other side.’
- ‘The pond is covered with weeds and although most of the shishams are still there, in between them branches of the paper mulberry, a noxious weed, have sprouted up, making walking difficult.’
Mid 19th century from Persian and Urdu šīšam.
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