Also called aboudikro. the mahoganylike wood of any of several African trees of the genus Entandrophragma, used for making furniture.
a tree, especially Entandrophragma cylindricum, of the mahogany family, yielding this wood.

Nearby words

  1. sap bush,
  2. sap green,
  3. sap orchard,
  4. sapajou,
  5. sapanwood,
  6. saphar,
  7. saphead,
  8. sapheaded,
  9. saphena,
  10. saphenous

Origin of sapele

First recorded in 1900–05; after Sapele, a port on the Benin River in S Nigeria

Also called sapele mahogany. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sapele



any of several W African meliaceous trees of the genus Entandrophragma, esp E. cylindricum, yielding a hard timber resembling mahogany
the timber obtained from such a tree, used to make furniture

Word Origin for sapele

C20: West African name

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