mountain mahogany


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 4 Dec. 2022.

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