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mahogany

[muh-hog-uh-nee] /məˈhɒg ə ni/
noun, plural mahoganies.
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.
4.
a reddish-brown color.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or made of mahogany.
6.
of the color mahogany.
Origin of mahogany
1665-1675
1665-75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies
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  • Youd have preferred him to start with mahogany and polished brass.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • So that the more knotted and gnarled a log of mahogany is, the better.

    Forests of Maine Jacob S. Abbott
  • They are built of wood, and are generally raised eight or ten feet from the ground, on pillars of mahogany.

  • Much of the mahogany and forest products goes to Great Britain.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • The Poor Boy peeped into the dining-room and drew back, his eyes almost drunk with mahogany, and gold and Spanish leather.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • Amelia had begun putting up the leaves of the mahogany dining-table.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • The above will remove the stain, without injury to the color of the wood, mahogany or any other kind.

British Dictionary definitions for mahogany

mahogany

/məˈhɒɡənɪ/
noun (pl) -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)
3.
  1. the wood of any of these trees See also acajou (sense 2)
  2. (as modifier): a mahogany table
4.
  1. a reddish-brown colour
  2. (as modifier): mahogany skin
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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