mahogany

[muh-hog-uh-nee]
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. Compare African mahogany, Philippine mahogany.
4.
a reddish-brown color.
adjective
5.
pertaining to or made of mahogany.
6.
of the color mahogany.

Origin:
1665–75; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies

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mahogany (məˈhɒɡənɪ)
 
n , 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.  a.  See also acajou the wood of any of these trees
 b.  (as modifier): a mahogany table
4.  a.  a reddish-brown colour
 b.  (as modifier): mahogany skin
 
[C17: origin obscure]

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mahogany
1671, from Sp. mahogani, perhaps from the tree's native name in Maya (Honduras).
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Example sentences
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.
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