American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American evergreen trees of the genus Swietenia, valued for their hard, reddish-brown wood.
- n. The wood of any of these trees, especially that of S. mahogani, used in making furniture.
- n. Any of several trees having wood resembling true mahogany.
- n. The wood of any of these trees.
- n. A moderate reddish brown.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tree, Swietenia Mahagoni, of the natural order Meliaceœ. It is native in the West Indies, Central America, Mexico, and the Florida keys. Its importance lies in its timber.
- n. The wood of the above tree. It combines a rich reddish-brown color, beauty of grain, and susceptibility of polish with unusual soundness, uniformity, freedom from warping, durability, and largeness of dimensions. On account of its costliness, its use is restricted mainly to furniture-making, cabinet-work, etc., often in the form of a veneer. The quality of the timber varies with the conditions of its growth, exposed situations and solid ground yielding the finest. Mahogany with figured grain is especially prized, and is obtained largely, but not exclusively, from the San Domingo and Cuba wood, called
Spanish mahogany. The Honduras mahogany, or bay-wood, shipped from the Bay of Campeachy, is more open-grained and plain, and of larger dimensions, yielding logs sometimes 40 feet in length. The Mexican mahogany has the largest growth of all, is similar to the last-named, and supplements its diminishing supply.
- n. A table, especially a dinner-table.
- n. A kind of drink. See the quotation.
- n. An old British collectors' name for a European and Asiatic noctuid moth, Amphipyra tetra.
- n. countable Any of various tropical American evergreen trees, of the genus Swietenia, having a valuable hard red-brown wood.
- n. uncountable The wood of these trees, mostly used to make furniture.
- n. A reddish-brown color, like that of mahogany wood
- adj. Made of mahogany.
- adj. Having the colour of mahogany; dark reddish-brown.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A large tree of the genus Swietenia (Swietenia Mahogoni), found in tropical America.
- n. The wood of the Swietenia Mahogoni. It is of a reddish brown color, beautifully veined, very hard, and susceptible of a fine polish. It is used in the manufacture of furniture.
- n. colloq. A table made of mahogany wood.
- n. wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
- n. 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
- n. a shade of brown with a tinge of red
- Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete Spanish mahogani, perhaps of Mayan origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And consider a big tall bookshelf or wall unit in mahogany to go with that lovely door.”
“Because mahogany is so durable, used items are often in excellent shape, and offer an attractive alternative to buying new.”
“Of course, with the high quality and appeal, mahogany is an expensive choice.”
“The exterior is totally covered in mahogany with the interior also utilizing mahogany trim.”
“If you suspect your glorious liquid mahogany is burning, take it off the heat for a bit, but keep that wooden spoon moving.”
“There is a thick red stain, which for some mysterious reason is called mahogany, which is put on cheaper grades of furniture and finished with a high polish.”
“On the walls were some picture cards of actors; Napoleon and Madame Récamier in mahogany frames hung on either side of Jenny's old empire mirror above the antique chest of drawers.”
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“The so-called mahogany closet is in fact just a thin layer of mahogany veneer over industrial particleboard.”
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