One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tropical African hardwood tree, with reddish-brown timber that resembles mahogany.
Genus Entandrophragma, family Meliaceae
- ‘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.’
- ‘There may be other woods that have as wide a variety of figure as sapele, but I'm not aware of any.’
- ‘All products are made of three types of wood: ash from the US, beech from Germany and sapele from Africa.’
Early 20th century: from the name of a port on the Benin River, Nigeria.
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