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ma·hog·a·ny

 (mə-hŏg′ə-nē)
n. pl. ma·hog·a·nies
1.
a. Any of several tropical American evergreen trees of the genus Swietenia of the family Meliaceae, especially S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, valued for their hard, reddish-brown wood.
b. The wood of any of these trees, used in making furniture and musical instruments.
2.
a. Any of several trees of the family Meliaceae having similar wood, such as African mahogany.
b. Any of several trees of other families having similar wood, such as Philippine mahogany.
c. The wood of any of these trees.
3. A moderate reddish brown.

[Perhaps ultimately of Taíno origin; akin to Eyeri (Taíno dialect of Puerto Rico) maga, mahogany.]

mahogany

(məˈhɒɡənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. (Plants) any of various tropical American trees of the meliaceous genus Swietenia, esp S. mahagoni and S. macrophylla, valued for their hard reddish-brown wood
2. (Plants) any of several trees with similar wood, such as African mahogany (genus Khaya) and Philippine mahogany (genus Shorea)
3. (Forestry)
a. the wood of any of these trees. See also acajou2
b. (as modifier): a mahogany table.
4. (Colours) a reddish-brown colour
5. (Colours) (as modifier): mahogany skin.
[C17: origin obscure]

ma•hog•a•ny

(məˈhɒg ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
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 related or similar trees or their wood.
4. a reddish brown color.
[1650–60; perhaps < some non-Carib language of the West Indies]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mahogany - wood of any of various mahogany treesmahogany - wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
mahogany tree, mahogany - 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
Philippine mahogany - red hardwood of the Philippine mahogany tree used for cigar boxes and interior finish
cigar-box cedar - fragrant wood much used for cigar boxes
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.mahogany - 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 polishmahogany - 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
family Meliaceae, mahogany family, Meliaceae - tropical trees and shrubs including many important timber and ornamental trees
mahogany - wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
Cedrela odorata, Spanish cedar, Spanish cedar tree - tropical American tree yielding fragrant wood used especially for boxes
African scented mahogany, cedar mahogany, Entandrophragma cylindricum, sapele mahogany - African tree having rather lightweight cedar-scented wood varying in color from pink to reddish brown
African mahogany - African tree having hard heavy odorless wood
Honduras mahogany, Swietinia macrophylla - an important Central American mahogany tree
Cedrela calantas, kalantas, Philippine cedar, Toona calantas, Philippine mahogany - Philippine timber tree having hard red fragrant wood
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
hardtack - a mountain mahogany
3.mahogany - a shade of brown with a tinge of redmahogany - a shade of brown with a tinge of red
brown, brownness - an orange of low brightness and saturation
brick red - a bright reddish-brown color
copper color, copper - a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper
Indian red - a reddish-brown color resembling the red soil used as body paint by American Indians
Translations
خَشَب ماهوغونيشَجر ماهوغونيلَوْن ماهوغونيماهُوجِنِي
mahagonmahagonový
mahognimahogni-mahognifarvetmahognitræ
mahonki
mahagonij
mahagóni
mahónímahóníbrúnnmahónítré
マホガニー
마호가니
raudonmedisrusvai raudona spalva
mahagonijs, sarkankokssarkanbrūna krāsa
mahagónmahagónový
mahogny
ต้นมะฮอกกานี
maunmaun ağacıkızıl kahverengi
gỗ Mahogany

mahogany

[məˈhɒgənɪ]
A. Ncaoba f
B. ADJde caoba

mahogany

[məˈhɒgəni]
n (= wood) → acajou m
modif [table, chair, chest of drawers] → en acajou, en bois d'acajou

mahogany

nMahagoni nt; (= tree)Mahagonibaum m
adjMahagoni-; (colour) → mahagoni(farben); mahogany furnitureMahagonimöbel pl

mahogany

[məˈhɒgənɪ]
1. nmogano
2. adjdi or in mogano

mahogany

(məˈhogəni) noun
1. the wood of a tropical American tree, much used for making furniture. This table is made of mahogany; (also adjective) a mahogany table.
2. (also adjective) (of) its dark brown colour.
3. (also mahogany tree) the tree.

mahogany

ماهُوجِنِي mahagon mahogni Mahagoni μαόνι caoba mahonki acajou mahagonij mogano マホガニー 마호가니 mahonieboom mahogny mahoń mogno красное дерево mahogny ต้นมะฮอกกานี maun gỗ Mahogany 桃木
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She had counted upon an even dozen seating themselves at her round mahogany board, forgetting for the moment that Madame Ratignolle was to the last degree souffrante and unpresentable, and not foreseeing that Madame Lebrun would send a thousand regrets at the last moment.
If you could put up for a time with something of stained glass and a mahogany veranda--"
He had a monkey on his shoulder, dressed in a Highland plaid; and, to complete the sum of splendid attractions wherewith he presented himself to the public, there was a company of little figures, whose sphere and habitation was in the mahogany case of his organ, and whose principle of life was the music which the Italian made it his business to grind out.
He was as much out of place as an old sword -- now rusty, but which had flashed once in the battle's front, and showed still a bright gleam along its blade -- would have been among the inkstands, paper-folders, and mahogany rulers on the Deputy Collector's desk.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
Coming downstairs to meet my colleague in the hall, I remembered a pair of gloves that had required three stitches and that had received them-- with a publicity perhaps not edifying--while I sat with the children at their tea, served on Sundays, by exception, in that cold, clean temple of mahogany and brass, the "grown-up" dining room.
The wife of a whaling captain had provided the chapel with a handsome pair of red worsted man-ropes for this ladder, which, being itself nicely headed, and stained with a mahogany color, the whole contrivance, considering what manner of chapel it was, seemed by no means in bad taste.
In the center was a mahogany table, covered with books, and smokers' implements; the walls were decorated with college trophies and colors--flags, posters, photographs and knickknacks--tennis rackets, canoe paddles, golf clubs, and polo sticks.
He carried a mahogany cane with a silver head to it.
A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle in the centre; the two large windows, with their blinds always drawn down, were half shrouded in festoons and falls of similar drapery; the carpet was red; the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth; the walls were a soft fawn colour with a blush of pink in it; the wardrobe, the toilet-table, the chairs were of darkly polished old mahogany.
My worthy brother was established twenty years ago in the mahogany and logwood trade at Belize, Honduras.
These had been oiled and oiled, until the two tall candles on the table in the middle of the room were gloomily reflected on every leaf; as if THEY were buried, in deep graves of black mahogany, and no light to speak of could be expected from them until they were dug out.