mountain mahogany


: any of a genus (Cercocarpus) of western North American evergreen shrubs or small trees of the rose family

Examples of mountain mahogany in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cleland worked with Anderson Landscaping to add more than a dozen ‘Blue Ice’ Arizona cypresses, desert willows, manzanita ‘Dr Hurd’, mountain mahogany, pink and white oleanders, and New Mexican desert olive in addition to three purpleleaf plum trees. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 From sunny landings on the way up, acres of alderleaf mountain mahogany bushes that sprout long, feathery seeds in summer through early fall blanket the slopes like winter frost. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 Winds and extremely dry conditions in the area have not helped as that blaze burns in steep terrain in timber, mountain mahogany, pinyon pine and juniper. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 John Maley’s 28,000-acre ranch sits on the eastern edge of Steens Mountain Wilderness, a sprawling high desert in a remote corner of southeastern Oregon that’s thick in season with sagebrush, juniper and mountain mahogany. Joseph Haeberle, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mountain mahogany was in 1810

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“Mountain mahogany.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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