One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for paneling, cabinetry, and furniture. It resembles mahogany but is softer and less expensive.
- ‘Generally, the trees that supply the timber for Philippine mahogany lumber and plywood belong to the huge plant family called Dipterocarpaceae.’
- ‘Due to its weathering properties, Philippine Mahogany is an excellent exterior wood.’
2The tree that produces Philippine mahogany, harvested chiefly in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Genus Shorea, family Dipterocarpaceae: several speciesAlso called lauan
- ‘The many varieties of so-called "Philippine mahogany" are really types of tropical cedar common to the Philippines even though they resemble true mahogany.’
- ‘The lauans, or "Philippine mahogany," are the softer members of the dipterocarp family.’
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