Definition of sapele in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈpēlē/


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


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

Words that rhyme with sapele

campanile, dele, eely, Ely, fusilli, Gigli, Ismaili, Keeley, Keneally, KwaNdebele, Lely, Matabele, mealie, mealy, Ndebele, Sindebele, steely, Swahili, wheelie

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Syllabification: sa·pe·le

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