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From Spanish mahogani, possibly from a Mayan name.



mahogany (countable and uncountable, plural mahoganies)

  1. (countable) Any of various tropical American evergreen trees, of the genus Swietenia, having a valuable hard red-brown wood.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of these trees, mostly used to make furniture.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
  3. A reddish-brown color, like that of mahogany wood.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 6:
      Better she, my dear, than a black Mrs. Sedley, and a dozen of mahogany grandchildren.
    mahogany colour:  
  4. A table made from mahogany wood; a dining table.
    • 1842, Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal
      Poets eat and drink without stint — and seldom at their own cost — for what man of mark or likelihood in the moneyed world is there, who is not eager to get their legs under his mahogany?
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      Yet habit—strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?—Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard over your mahogany  []

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mahogany (comparative more mahogany, superlative most mahogany)

  1. Made of mahogany.
  2. Having the colour of mahogany; dark reddish-brown.