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mountain mahogany

noun
1.
any of several western North American shrubs or small trees of the genus Cercocarpus, of the rose family, having simple, leathery leaves and small, whitish flowers.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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mountain mahogany

(Cercocarpus), any of a genus of North American evergreen shrubs or small trees, in the rose family (Rosaceae). The hard heartwood of these trees is highly valued for carving. C. betuloides and C. ledifolius are scaly-barked trees that may reach up to 9 m (30 feet) in height. C. intricatus, a shrub growing to 3 m (10 feet), has intricate branching

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