Mahogany is a dark, reddish-brown wood that comes from a tree also called a mahogany. You can also use this word for the color itself. A fancy dining room table might be made of mahogany.

If your best friend has rich brown hair with red highlights, feel free to compliment her on her mahogany locks. This color's name comes from mahogany timber, sturdy wood that's used to make high-end furniture, boats, and musical instruments, including guitars. The mahogany tree only grows in tropical regions, including parts of South America, Florida, and the West Indies. The word comes from the Spanish mahogani.

Definitions of mahogany
  1. noun
    wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
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    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
    type of:
    the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: mahogany tree
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    Cedrela odorata, Spanish cedar, Spanish cedar tree
    tropical American tree yielding fragrant wood used especially for boxes
    African scented mahogany, Entandrophragma cylindricum, cedar mahogany, 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
    Cuban mahogany, Dominican mahogany, Swietinia mahogani, true mahogany
    mahogany tree of West Indies
    Honduras mahogany, Swietinia macrophylla
    an important Central American mahogany tree
    Cedrela calantas, Philippine cedar, Philippine mahogany, Toona calantas, kalantas
    Philippine timber tree having hard red fragrant wood
    a mountain mahogany
    type of:
    a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
  3. noun
    a shade of brown with a tinge of red
    synonyms: Venetian red, burnt sienna, reddish brown, sepia
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    brick red
    a bright reddish-brown color
    copper, copper color
    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
    type of:
    brown, brownness
    an orange of low brightness and saturation
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