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mahogany

[muh-hog-uh-nee]
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noun, plural ma·hog·a·nies.
  1. any of several tropical American trees of the genus Swietenia, especially S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding hard, reddish-brown wood used for making furniture.
  2. the wood itself.
  3. any of various similar trees or their wood.Compare African mahogany, Philippine mahogany.
  4. a reddish-brown color.
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or made of mahogany.
  2. of the color mahogany.
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Origin of mahogany

First recorded in 1665–75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies
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  • Only two materials are used in the construction of this hull, aluminum and mahogany.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • The boards are made from 1/8-inch mahogany, which can be obtained at any lumber-yard.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • In both were the old-fashioned 33 mahogany furniture of our great-grandfathers.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The doors were of mahogany as was likewise the wainscoting of the staircases.

  • “Half-past ten,” he said, glancing at the mahogany chime-clock on the mantelpiece.

    The Harbor of Doubt

    Frank Williams


British Dictionary definitions for mahogany

mahogany

noun plural -nies
  1. any of various tropical American trees of the meliaceous genus Swietenia, esp S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, valued for their hard reddish-brown wood
  2. any of several trees with similar wood, such as African mahogany (genus Khaya) and Philippine mahogany (genus Shorea)
    1. the wood of any of these treesSee also acajou (def. 2)
    2. (as modifier)a mahogany table
    1. a reddish-brown colour
    2. (as modifier)mahogany skin
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Word Origin

C17: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for mahogany

n.

1670s, from Spanish mahogani, of unknown origin; perhaps from the tree's native name in Maya (Honduras). As an adjective from 1730.

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