• WordNet 3.6
    • n mahogany a shade of brown with a tinge of red
    • n 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
    • n mahogany wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mahogany (Bot) A large tree of the genus Swietenia Swietenia Mahogoni), found in tropical America.
    • Mahogany A table made of mahogany wood.
    • Mahogany 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mahogany A tree, Swietenia Mahagoni, of the natural order Meliaceœ. It is native in the West Indies, Central America, Mexico, and the Florida keys. Its importance lies in its timber.
    • n mahogany The wood of the above tree. It combines a rich reddish-brown color, beauty of grain, and susceptibility of polish with unusual soundness, uniformity, freedom from warping, durability, and largeness of dimensions. On account of its costliness, its use is restricted mainly to furniture-making, cabinet-work, etc., often in the form of a veneer. The quality of the timber varies with the conditions of its growth, exposed situations and solid ground yielding the finest. Mahogany with figured grain is especially prized, and is obtained largely, but not exclusively, from the San Domingo and Cuba wood, called Spanish mahogany. The Honduras mahogany, or bay-wood, shipped from the Bay of Campeachy, is more open-grained and plain, and of larger dimensions, yielding logs sometimes 40 feet in length. The Mexican mahogany has the largest growth of all, is similar to the last-named, and supplements its diminishing supply.
    • n mahogany A table, especially a dinner-table.
    • n mahogany A kind of drink. See the quotation.
    • n mahogany An old British collectors' name for a European and Asiatic noctuid moth, Amphipyra tetra.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mahogany ma-hog′a-ni a tree of tropical America: its wood, which is of great value for making furniture
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  • Jim Bakker
    Jim Bakker
    “Why should I apologize because God throws in crystal chandeliers, mahogany floors, and the best construction in the world?”


Decorate the mahogany - (USA) When someone buys a round a pub or bar, they decorate the mahogany; putting cash on the bar.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the South American name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Mahogoni, the native South American name.


In literature:

He had also purchased some of the mahogany of this country.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
Yet the old rosewood and mahogany furniture pleased her.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
I looked up, and I thought I heard the voice of my husband come from near my mahogany table.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
The table was of mahogany covered with a sheet of plate-glass.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Would you like your office done in mahogany or oak?
"Personality Plus" by Edna Ferber
The stairway was narrow and winding, with a mahogany rail set upon white spindles.
"The Lilac Girl" by Ralph Henry Barbour
And he immediately expended four hundred in mahogany furniture, easy chairs, lace curtains and Wilton carpets.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
He turned to see old Jim Tally bent over to light his pipe behind the mahogany of his curved hand.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
In it were sofas, armchairs, and stools of mahogany or white gilded wood.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The secretary was of fine mahogany, hand-made in Virginia in the year that Sir Edward Pakenham did not take New Orleans.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison

In poetry:

You know what memory's charm is,
Shining mahogany back I
For your stillness softly warm is
With the one thing that I lack.
"Lines - I" by Manmohan Ghose
The mahogany table-top you smashed
Had been the broad plank top
Of my mother's heirloom sideboard-
Mapped with the scars of my whole life.
"The Minotaur" by Ted Hughes
" Its flavor when cooked is more exquisite far
Than mutton, or oysters, or eggs:
(Some think it keeps best in an ivory jar,
And some, in mahogany kegs
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Thinking 'Sweetness, sweetness.'
Brood cells gray as the fossils of shells
Terrify me, they seem so old.
What am I buying, wormy mahogany?
Is there any queen at all in it?
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
When asked by the market for ironbark red,
It always occurs to the Wollombi head
To do a "mahogany" swindle.
In forests where never the ironbark grew,
When Jim is at work, it would flabbergast you
To see how the "ironbarks" dwindle.
"Jim the Splitter" by Henry Kendall
I tell you what, philosopher, if all the longest heads
That ever knocked their sinciputs in stretching on their beds
Were round one great mahogany, I’d beat those fine old folks
With twenty dishes, twenty fools, and twenty clever jokes!
"Nux Postcoenatica" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

What's Blooming: Mahogany Tree .
US wholesalers have warehouses filled with mahogany, but there is one key ingredient missing — buyers.
Despite the name, almost the entire animal, including its tail , is a deep, rippling mahogany color.
Her deck is bleached okoume so it contrasts well with the mahogany trim.
Jeff Friedhoff, who lives in rural Adams County, carved this piece he calls "Defiance" out of mahogany trimmed with cherry and poplar.
Elnathan Taber Mahogany Tall Clock, 1790 Elnathan-Taber-Mahogany-Tall-Clock.
Stephen Taber Mahogany Tall Clock, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1800 Stephen-Taber-Mahogany-Tall-Clock.
Known in Crested Butte , Colo. As 'the bunker,' this home's 12-inch thick walls lined with mahogany make it part ski lodge, part fortress.
Mahogany Row Concierge of Evansville is taking a sankofa journey on the Underground Railroad to Maysville, Ky. And the surrounding area on Saturday.
Kevin Mahogany, Big Band, "Moonlight in Vermont", "It Don't Mean a Thing".
Known in Crested Butte, Colo. As 'the bunker,' this home's 12-inch thick walls lined with mahogany make it part ski lodge, part fortress .
Mahogany- Glazed Chicken Wings at Max's Grille in Boca Raton.
The beer is a dark mahogany porter brewed with five varieties of malt.
Part of my responsibilities in my day job are to restore teak and mahogany furniture.
Furniture that arrives to my "clinic" are made from solid reclaimed teak or mahogany.