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sapele

[suh-pee-lee]
noun
  1. Also called aboudikro. the mahoganylike wood of any of several African trees of the genus Entandrophragma, used for making furniture.
  2. a tree, especially Entandrophragma cylindricum, of the mahogany family, yielding this wood.
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Origin of sapele

First recorded in 1900–05; after Sapele, a port on the Benin River in S Nigeria
Also called sapele mahogany.
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British Dictionary definitions for sapele

sapele

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

C20: West African name
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