Definition of sapele in English:


Syllabification: sa·pe·le
Pronunciation: /səˈpēlē


  • A large, tropical African hardwood tree with reddish-brown timber that resembles mahogany.
    • Genus Entandrophragma, family Meliaceae
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    • 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.


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

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