mahogany

noun ma·hog·a·ny \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of mahogany

plural mahoganies
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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Origin and Etymology of mahogany

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MAHOGANY Defined for English Language Learners

mahogany

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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

noun ma·hog·a·ny \ mə-ˈhä-gə-nē \

Definition of mahogany for Students

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


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