any of several trees of the genus Madhuca, of the sapodilla family, native to India, the Malay Peninsula, and southeastern Asia, especially M. latifolia, the flowers of which are used, fresh or dried, for food or are fermented to prepare an intoxicating drink.

Also ma·hwa, mohwa, mowra, mowrah.

Origin of mahua

1680–90; < Hindi mahūāSanskrit madhūka a tree name


or mow·ra



Origin of mowrah

First recorded in 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019