Definition of

Mahogany

  1. (noun, attribute) a shade of brown with a tinge of red
  2. (noun, plant) any of various tropical timber trees of the family Meliaceae especially the genus Swietinia valued for their hard yellowish- to reddish-brown wood that is readily worked and takes a high polish
  3. (noun, plant) wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Mahogany

  1. 1671, from Sp. mahogani, perhaps from the tree's native name in Maya (Honduras). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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