A Caribbean tree of the pea family, with timber that resembles mahogany and is used chiefly in boatbuilding.
Lysiloma sabicu, family Leguminosae‘Cedar, mahogany, sabicu, and other precious timbers, felled in the island's woods, were prodigiously used in the industry and hewn into majestic, shapely galleons, destined for the various Spanish armadas.’
- ‘Wooden doors made from cedar, acana, sabicu - trees that are precious or now extinct - adorn many deco buildings in Centro Habana.’
- ‘I am in need of an organic method of dealing with thornbugs - every year they find my lysiloma sabicu tree very tasty.’
Mid 19th century from Cuban Spanish sabicú.
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