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.

Primary Meanings of mahogany

wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
a shade of brown with a tinge of red
Full Definitions of mahogany

n wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture

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

n 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

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

n a shade of brown with a tinge of red

Venetian red, burnt sienna, reddish brown, sepia
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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