African cherry

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African "Makore" Cherry (Mimusops heckelii)
Makore (Tieghemella heckelii)


A highly acidic wood from the African cherry (or makore) tree, Mimusops heckelii or Tieghemella heckelii. Makore is found on the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria. The dark reddish brown wood is used for veneer, ornamental items and musical instruments. It is sometimes used as a substitute for African mahogany.

See Cherry wood.

Synonyms and Related Terms

makore; Mimusops heckelii; Tieghemella heckelii; makoré (Fr.); mogno cereja (Port.); macore; African cherry; cherry wood; cherry mahogany


Highly acidic wood

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 432

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