from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. A table made of mahogany wood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tree, Swietenia Mahagoni, of the natural order Meliaceœ.
  • n. The wood of the above tree.
  • n.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Obsolete Spanish mahogani, perhaps of Mayan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)



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