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- n. Any of several types of wood, resembling mahogany, from various trees from the Philippines, Malaya, and Sarawak
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I was at a rain-forest benefit back in 1990 at the Twentieth Century Fox studios, and right there on the soundstage was lauan plywood, which must have been ripped out of the rain forest.
4In accordance with Casio's own standard with reference to the US MIL-STD-810F Method 516. 5-Shock, the camera passed a test in which it was dropped from a height of 2.13 meters (7 feet) onto lauan plywood at 26 different angles.
 Probably the lauan (also called lauaan and sándana; _Dipterocarpus thurifera_ -- Linn.), a reddish white or ashy wood with brown spots, used chiefly in the construction of canoes, and producing logs 75 feet long by 24 inches square (_U. S.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 18 of 55 1617-1620 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
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