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African mahogany

noun
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
1835-1845
1835-45
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British Dictionary definitions for African mahogany

African mahogany

noun
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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