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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
1665-1675
1665-75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies
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Examples from the web for mahogany
  • The cacao trees on the plantation are intermixed with mahogany and other timber species.
  • The hills were pyramids, the ridges were walls, and yet there was a mature mahogany forest growing out of them.
  • His piercing eyes were set in a deeply creased, mahogany face.
  • The neck is pretty standard, made from mahogany and featuring tiger-tooth shaped markers on the fretboard.
  • mahogany cabinetry and cork floor tiles add warmth to the kitchen.
  • The layers are an improbable red that can vary from a fluorescent pink to a dark ruddy mahogany.
  • The mahogany with a fine deep color made it particularly attractive.
  • The mahogany student tablet armchairs are upholstered in royal blue.
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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