Definition of Philippine mahogany in English:

Philippine mahogany

Syllabification: Phil·ip·pine ma·hog·a·ny

noun

  • 1Reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for paneling, cabinetry, and furniture. It resembles mahogany but is softer and less expensive.
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    • Generally, the trees that supply the timber for Philippine mahogany lumber and plywood belong to the huge plant family called Dipterocarpaceae.
    • Due to its weathering properties, Philippine Mahogany is an excellent exterior wood.
  • 2The tree that produces Philippine mahogany, harvested chiefly in Indonesia and the Philippines. Also called lauan.
    • Genus Shorea, family Dipterocarpaceae: several species
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    • The many varieties of so-called "Philippine mahogany" are really types of tropical cedar common to the Philippines even though they resemble true mahogany.
    • The lauans, or "Philippine mahogany," are the softer members of the dipterocarp family.

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