The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48: Mahogany \Ma*hog"a*ny\, Mahogany tree \Ma*hog"a*ny tree`\, n.
[From the South American name.]
1. (Bot.) A large tree of the genus Swietenia ( Swietenia
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.]
To be under the mahogany, to be so drunk as to have fallen
under the table. [Eng.]
To put one's legs under some one's mahogany, to dine with
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48: Madeira wood \Madeira wood\ (Bot.)
(a) The mahogany tree ( Swietenia Mahogoni).
(b) A West Indian leguminous tree ( Lysiloma Latisiliqua)
the wood of which is used for boat trimming.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]