Teak is a tropical hardwood in the family Verbenaceae. Long-lived teak wood trees grow in Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and India and reach heights of 150 feet.
Teak wood is used extensively in shipbuilding.
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Shipbuilders use teak wood extensively because It is very weather resistant. Under cover, its durability is, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, "practically imperishable."
Teak repels insects, making it a good choice for outdoor furniture. Teak wood is resistant to marine borers, and termites rarely eat the heartwood.
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