Definition of sapele in English:

sapele

Syllabification: sa·pe·le
Pronunciation: /səˈpēlē
 
/

noun

A large, tropical African hardwood tree with reddish-brown timber that resembles mahogany.
  • Genus Entandrophragma, family Meliaceae
More example sentences
  • While the ITTO study found that loggers target 35 tree species, just two, gaboon mahogany and sapele mahogany, account for over half of all logged timber.
  • All products are made of three types of wood: ash from the US, beech from Germany and sapele from Africa.
  • There may be other woods that have as wide a variety of figure as sapele, but I'm not aware of any.

Origin

early 20th century: from the name of a port on the Benin River, Nigeria.

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