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Definition of Mahogany

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any of a number of tropical American trees; hard reddish-brown wood of the mahogany tree; reddish-brown color
Mahogany Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wood Floor Terms
Myroxylon balsamum

(Left-Oil based / Right-Water based finish)
Appearance: Color: Dark reddish brown
Grain: Striped figuring in quartersawn selections; texture is even and very fine.
Availability: Moderately
Hardness: 2200%, Janka Table, 71% harder than Northern red oak .
Durability: Excellent
Sawing: Moderately difficult to work due to high density, carbide tooling recommended
Nailing: Good
Sanding: Well
Finishing: No known problems
Mahogany Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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.
A table made of mahogany wood.
A large tree of the genus Swietenia (S. Mahogoni), found in tropical America.
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\ma*hog"a*ny\ (?), n. [from the south american name.]
1. (bot.) a large tree of the genus swietenia (s. mahogoni), found in tropical america.
note: several other trees, with wood more or less like mahogany, are called by this name; as, african mahogany (khaya senegalensis), australian mahogany (eucalyptus marginatus), bastard mahogany (batonia apetala of the west indies), indian mahogany (cedrela toona of bengal, and trees of the genera soymida and chukrassia), madeira mahogany (persea indica), mountain mahogany, the black or cherry birch (betula lenta), also the several species of cercocarpus of california and the rocky mountains.
2. 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.
3. a table made of mahogany wood. [colloq.]

  similar words(6) 

 cuban mahogany 
 mountain mahogany 
 mahogany pine 
 to put one`s legs under some one`s mahogany 
 true mahogany 
 to be under the mahogany 
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WordNet 2.0

1. wood of any of various mahogany trees; much used for cabinetwork and furniture
(hypernym) wood
(hyponym) Philippine mahogany
(substance-holonym) mahogany tree
2. 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
(synonym) mahogany tree
(hypernym) tree
(hyponym) Spanish cedar, Spanish cedar tree, Cedrela odorata
(member-holonym) Meliaceae, family Meliaceae, mahogany family
Mahogany Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Mahogany is a kind of wood—the straight-grained, reddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus Swietenia, indigenous to the Americas, part of the pantropical  chinaberry family, Meliaceae. The three species are:
  • Honduran or big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), with a range from Mexico to southern Amazonia in Brazil, the most widespread species of mahogany and the only true mahogany species commercially grown today. Illegal logging of S. macrophylla, and its highly destructive environmental effects, led to the species' placement in 2003 on Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the first time that a high-volume, high-value tree was listed on Appendix II.
  • West Indian or Cuban mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni), native to southern Florida and the Caribbean, formerly dominant in the mahogany trade, but not in widespread commercial use since World War II.
  • Swietenia humilis, a small and often twisted mahogany tree limited to seasonally dry forests in Pacific Central America that is of limited commercial utility. Some botanists believe that S. humilis is a mere variant of S. macrophylla.

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