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Meaning of African mahogany

Af'rican mahog'any

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  1. a large tree, Khaya ivorensis, of western Africa, having hard wood resembling true mahogany, widely used in cabinetmaking and boatbuilding.
  2. any of several related or similar African hardwood trees.
  3. the wood of any of these trees.
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