mahogany[mə häg′ə nē, -hôg′-]
noun pl. mahoganies
- any of a genus (Swietenia) of tropical trees of the mahogany family, with dark, heavy heartwood
- the wood of any of these trees; esp., the hard, reddish-brown to yellow wood of a tropical American tree (S. mahogani), valued for furniture, interior finishing, and cabinetwork
- any of various trees of this family having similar wood, as any of several African trees (genus Khaya)
- any of various trees of other families having similar wood, as a Philippine mahogany or certain eucalyptus trees
- the wood of any of these trees
- reddish brown
Origin: earlier mohogeney < ?
- designating a family (Meliaceae, order Sapindales) of chiefly tropical, dicotyledonous plants, including baywood and chinaberry
- made of mahogany
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noun pl. ma·hog·a·nies
- a. Any of various tropical American evergreen trees of the genus Swietenia, valued for their hard, reddish-brown wood.b. The wood of any of these trees, especially that of S. mahogani, used in making furniture.
- a. Any of several trees having wood resembling true mahogany.b. The wood of any of these trees.
- A moderate reddish brown.
Origin: Obsolete Spanish mahogani, perhaps of Mayan origin.