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məˈhɒg ə nima·hogany

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mahoganynoun

    wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture

  2. mahogany, mahogany treenoun

    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. reddish brown, sepia, burnt sienna, Venetian red, mahoganynoun

    a shade of brown with a tinge of red


  1. mahoganynoun

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

    Etymology: Origin uncertain.

  2. mahoganynoun

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

    Etymology: Origin uncertain.

  3. mahoganyadjective

    Made of mahogany.

    Etymology: Origin uncertain.

  4. mahoganyadjective

    Having the colour of mahogany; dark reddish-brown.

    Etymology: Origin uncertain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mahoganynoun

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

  2. Mahoganynoun

    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

  3. Mahoganynoun

    a table made of mahogany wood


  1. Mahogany

    Mahogany is any of many different kinds of tropical hardwood, most of which are reddish-brown wood that is widely used in furniture-making, boat building, and other high specification uses. However, there are only three species of "genuine mahogany", all indigenous to the Americas. These are Swietenia mahagoni Jacq., S. macrophylla King, and S. humilis Zucc. The natural distribution of these species within the Americas is geographically distinct. S. mahagoni grows on the West Indian islands as far north as the Bahamas, the Florida Keys and parts of Florida; S. humilis grows in the dry regions of the Pacific coast of Central America from south-western Mexico to Costa Rica; S. macrophylla grows in Central America from Yucatan southwards and into South America, extending as far as Peru, Bolivia and extreme western Brazil. In the 20th century various botanists attempted to further define S. macrophylla in South America as a new species, such as S. candollei Pittier and S. tessmannii Harms., but many authorities consider these spurious. According to Record and Hess, all of the mahogany of continental North and South America can be considered as one botanical species, Swietenia macrophylla King.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mahogany

    ma-hog′a-ni, n. a tree of tropical America: its wood, which is of great value for making furniture.—n. Mahog′any-tree, same as mahogany: (hum.) the dinner-table. [Mahogoni, the native South American name.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Mahogany

    A vulgar term very frequently heard in the Midland counties for a man’s wife. This arose from the fact that the wood of the Mahogany-tree (West Indian Mahogan, but botanically Swietenia Mahogani) was for many years at first used exclusively for the manufacture of domestic dining-tables; hence a man would say: “I’ll discuss it with my wife over the Mahogany.” Eventually the phrase was corrupted into “I’ll talk to the Mahogany about it,” and so the term came to denote the man’s wife.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mahogany in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mahogany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mahogany in a Sentence

  1. Allen Toussaint:

    Our upright wasn't much of a piano — it was a half-step flat the entire time we owned it — but that piano was everything to me. It was dark mahogany, almost black, with rouge crimps all over it. I took about eight piano lessons before my teacher gave up on me. I loved boogie-woogie and hillbilly music and gospel too much.

  2. Steve Winter:

    Transportation (through the mangrove) is via beautiful, silent mahogany electric boats, so you don't disturb the wildlife.

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