- mahogany [mə häg′ə nē, məhôg′ə nē]n.pl. mahoganies [earlier mohogeney < ?]1.a) any of a genus (Swietenia) of tropical trees of the mahogany family, with dark, heavy heartwoodb) the wood of any of these trees; esp., the hard, reddish-brown to yellow wood of a tropical American tree (S. mahogani), valued for furniture, interior finishing, and cabinetworkc) any of various trees of this family having similar wood, as any of several African trees (genus Khaya)2.a) any of various trees of other families having similar wood, as a Philippine mahogany or certain eucalyptus treesb) the wood of any of these trees3. reddish brownadj.1. designating a family (Meliaceae, order Sapindales) of chiefly tropical, dicotyledonous plants, including baywood and chinaberry2. made of mahogany3. reddish-brown
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.