ma·hog·a·ny | \mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \
plural mahoganies

Definition of mahogany 

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

3 : a tree that yields mahogany

4 : a moderate reddish brown

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The kitchen has exposed beams, skylights, and custom mahogany cabinetry; a family room nearby leads to a deck. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: Homes with water features in Hopkinton and Boxford," 25 May 2018 One wall is dedicated to a large fireplace that has a fleur de lis imprint inside the hearth and an original mahogany mantle. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Lush shade garden is a hidden gem in this Old Louisville mansion," 24 May 2018 The delegates sit in fine mahogany armchairs, not the plain Windsor chairs actually provided. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "This Painting Is Probably How You Imagine the Original Fourth of July. Here's What's Wrong With It," 3 July 2018 The exterior of the home is enhanced with a mahogany deck and clad in shiplap siding, with a sprawling lawn in the front and a barbecue area in the back. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Chic beach bungalow in Montauk is perfect for a summer weekend," 2 July 2018 When your ribs become a mahogany color, wrap ribs in aluminum foil. Kelly Vaughan,, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018 Boil the sugar and vinegar over moderately high heat for several minutes until the mixture has turned into a mahogany-brown syrup. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018 The Fox & Anchor, with its six boutique hotel rooms set in the backdrop of a traditional pub, exudes Victorian era vibes though intricately detailed mahogany doors and well-polished, heavy brass. Tom Marchant, Harper's BAZAAR, "103 Things to Do, See, Eat and Shop in London," 7 Dec. 2017 On the main floor, mahogany and pine floors line the foyer. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This Savannah mansion comes with multiple apartments, wants $1.6M," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of mahogany

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mahogany

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English Language Learners Definition of mahogany

: 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


ma·hog·a·ny | \mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \
plural mahoganies

Kids Definition of mahogany

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

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