Definition of Philippine mahogany in US English:

Philippine mahogany


  • 1Reddish-brown timber from a tropical tree, used for paneling, cabinetry, and furniture. It resembles mahogany but is softer and less expensive.

    • ‘Due to its weathering properties, Philippine Mahogany is an excellent exterior wood.’
    • ‘Generally, the trees that supply the timber for Philippine mahogany lumber and plywood belong to the huge plant family called Dipterocarpaceae.’
  • 2The tree that produces Philippine mahogany, harvested chiefly in Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Genus Shorea, family Dipterocarpaceae: several species

    Also 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.’