mahogany

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noun ma·hog·a·ny \mə-ˈhä-gə-nē\

Definition of mahogany

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mahoganies

  1. 1 :  the wood of any of various chiefly tropical trees (family Meliaceae, the mahogany family): a (1) :  the durable yellowish-brown to reddish-brown usually moderately hard and heavy wood of a West Indian tree (Swietenia mahagoni) that is widely used for cabinetwork and fine finish work (2) :  a wood similar to mahogany from a congeneric tropical American tree (especially S. macrophylla) b (1) :  the rather hard heavy usually odorless wood of any of several African trees (genus Khaya) (2) :  the rather lightweight cedar-scented wood of any of several African trees (genus Entandrophragma) that varies in color from pinkish to deep reddish brown

  2. 2 :  any of various woods resembling or substituted for mahogany obtained from trees of the mahogany family

  3. 3 :  a tree that yields mahogany

  4. 4 :  a moderate reddish brown

Origin and Etymology of mahogany

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1660


MAHOGANY Defined for English Language Learners

mahogany

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noun ma·hog·a·ny \mə-ˈhä-gə-nē\

Definition of mahogany for English Language Learners

  • : a strong reddish-brown wood that is used especially for making furniture and that comes from several tropical trees; also : a tree that produces this wood

  • : a reddish-brown color


MAHOGANY Defined for Kids

mahogany

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noun ma·hog·a·ny \mə-ˈhä-gə-nē\

Definition of mahogany for Students

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mahoganies

  1. :  a strong reddish brown wood that is used especially for furniture and is obtained from several tropical trees


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