mahogany
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1660 1. the wood of any of various chiefly tropical trees (family Meliaceae, the mahogany family): a. (1) the durable yellowish-brown to reddish-brown usually moderately hard and heavy wood of a West Indian tree (Swietenia mahagoni) that is widely used for cabinetwork and fine finish work (2) a wood similar to mahogany from a congeneric tropical American tree (especially S. macrophylla) b. (1) the rather hard heavy usually odorless wood of any of several African trees (genus Khaya) (2) the rather lightweight cedar-scented wood of any of several African trees (genus Entandrophragma) that varies in color from pinkish to deep reddish brown 2. any of various woods resembling or substituted for mahogany obtained from trees of the mahogany family 3. a tree that yields mahogany 4. a moderate reddish brown

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  • Mahogany — (englisch für Mahagoni) steht für: Mahogany (Film), ein Film aus dem Jahre 1975, produziert von Berry Gordy Mahogany ist der Name folgender Personen: Kevin Mahogany (* 1958), US amerikanischer Jazz Sänger …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mahogany — [mə häg′ə nē, məhôg′ə nē] n. pl. mahoganies [earlier mohogeney < ?] 1. a) any of a genus (Swietenia) of tropical trees of the mahogany family, with dark, heavy heartwood b) the wood of any of these trees; esp., the hard, reddish brown to… …   English World dictionary

  • mahogany — (n.) 1670s, from Sp. mahogani, of unknown origin; perhaps from the tree s native name in Maya (Honduras). As an adjective from 1730 …   Etymology dictionary

  • mahogany — ► NOUN 1) hard reddish brown wood from a tropical tree, used for furniture. 2) a rich reddish brown colour. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Mahogany — This article is about the timber. For other uses, see Mahogany (disambiguation). Honduras mahogany The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark colored hardwood. It is a native American word originally used for the wood… …   Wikipedia

  • mahogany — /meuh hog euh nee/, n., pl. mahoganies, adj. 1. any of several tropical American trees of the genus Swietenia, esp. S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding hard, reddish brown wood used for making furniture. 2. the wood itself. 3. any of various …   Universalium

  • Mahogany — amerikinė svietenija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melijinių šeimos medieninis nuodingas augalas (Swietenia mahagoni), paplitęs Floridoje ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Swietenia mahagoni angl. Cuban mahogany; Mahogany; Spanish… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • mahogany — /məˈhɒgəni / (say muh hoguhnee) noun (plural mahoganies) 1. any of certain tropical American trees, especially Swietenia mahagoni and S. macrophylla, yielding a hard, reddish brown wood highly esteemed for making fine furniture, etc. 2. the wood… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mahogany — UK [məˈhɒɡənɪ] / US [məˈhɑɡənɪ] noun Word forms mahogany : singular mahogany plural mahoganies 1) a) [uncountable] a hard brown red wood, used for making furniture b) [countable] the tree that produces this wood 2) [uncountable] a brown red… …   English dictionary

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