African mahogany

  1. a large tree, Khaya ivorensis, of western Africa, having hard wood resembling true mahogany, widely used in cabinetmaking and boatbuilding.
  2. any of several related or similar African hardwood trees.
  3. the wood of any of these trees.

Origin of African mahogany

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for african mahogany

African mahogany

  1. any of several African trees of the meliaceous genus Khaya, esp K. ivorensis, that have wood similar to that of true mahogany
  2. the wood of any of these trees, used for furniture, etc
  3. any of various other African woods that resemble true mahogany
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