Definition of Mahogany

1. Noun. Wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture.

Substance meronyms: Mahogany Tree
Specialized synonyms: Philippine Mahogany, Cigar-box Cedar
Generic synonyms: Wood

2. Noun. 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. A shade of brown with a tinge of red.
Exact synonyms: Burnt Sienna, Reddish Brown, Sepia, Venetian Red
Generic synonyms: Brown, Brownness
Specialized synonyms: Brick Red, Copper, Copper Color, Indian Red

Definition of Mahogany

1. n. A large tree of the genus Swietenia (S. Mahogoni), found in tropical America.

Definition of Mahogany

1. Noun. Any of various tropical American evergreen trees, of the genus ''Swietenia'', having a valuable hard red-brown wood. ¹

2. Noun. The wood of these trees, mostly used to make furniture. ¹

3. Noun. A reddish-brown color, like that of mahogany wood ¹

4. Adjective. Made of mahogany. ¹

5. Adjective. Having the colour of mahogany; dark reddish-brown. ¹

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Definition of Mahogany

1. a tropical tree [n -NIES]

Medical Definition of Mahogany

1. 1. A large tree of the genus Swietenia (S. Mahogoni), found in tropical America. Several other trees, with wood more or less like mahogany, are called by this name; as, African mahogany (Khaya Senegalensis), Australian mahogany (Eucalyptus marginatus), Bastard mahogany (Batonia apetala of the West Indies), Indian mahogany (Cedrela Toona of Bengal, and trees of the genera Soymida and Chukrassia), Madeira mahogany (Persea Indica), Mountain mahogany, the black or cherry birch (Betula lenta), also the several species of Cercocarpus of California and the Rocky Mountains. 2. The wood of the Swietenia Mahogoni. It is of a reddish brown colour, beautifully veined, very hard, and susceptible of a fine polish. It is used in the manufacture of furniture. 3. A table made of mahogany wood. To be under the mahogany, to be so drunk as to have fallen under the table. To put one's legs under some one's mahogany, to dine with him. Origin: From the South American name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mahogany

mahogany (current term)
mahogany family
mahogany gaspipe
mahogany tree
mahon stock

Literary usage of Mahogany

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"mahogany with figured grain is especially prized, and is obtained largely, ... The Honduras mahogany, or bay- wood, shipped from the Bay of ..."

2. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
"The commercial name "mahogany" is applied to several genera and species of trees. About forty mahoganies, so-called, are sold in the markets of the world as ..."

3. The Materials of Engineering by Robert Henry Thurston (1884)
"mahogany (Swietenia mahogani) is a West Indian and Central American tree, ... mahogany is of various shades of brownish red, quite uniform in its tints in ..."

4. Some Old Historic Landmarks of Virginia and Maryland: Described in a Hand by William H. Snowden (1904)
"They were as follows: i mahogany shaving desk 4 £, i settee bed and furniture 13 £, 4 mahogany chairs 4 £, i chamber car- ,pet I £ is, I oval glass with ..."

5. The Furniture of Our Forefathers by Esther Singleton, Russell Sturgis (1913)
"mahogany furniture was practically non-existent in the South before 1720, ... In 1746 no mahogany is mentioned in the inventory of Daniel Townsend, ..."

6. The Tree Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Trees of North America by Julia Ellen Rogers (1905)
"is the true mahogany whose heavy, brownish-red wood is so highly valued by ... Nurserymen in Florida and southern California offer small mahogany trees for ..."

7. The Principal Species of Wood: Their Characteristic Properties by Charles Henry Snow (1908)
"American mahogany was originally divided by dealers into Spanish and Honduras wood, the former from the then Spanish-American possessions. ..."

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