mountain mahogany


mountain mahogany
any of several western North American shrubs or small trees of the genus Cercocarpus, of the rose family, having simple, leathery leaves and small, whitish flowers.
[1800-10, Amer.]

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plant
      (Cercocarpus), any of a genus of North American evergreen shrubs or small trees, in the rose family (Rosaceae). The hard heartwood of these trees is highly valued for carving. C. betuloides and C. ledifolius are scaly-barked trees that may reach up to 9 m (30 feet) in height. C. intricatus, a shrub growing to 3 m (10 feet), has intricate branching.

      It is said that the common name was given to species of these plants by the Mormons, who used the wood to build the Tabernacle Organ at Salt Lake City, Utah.

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  • Mountain mahogany — Mountain Moun tain (moun t[i^]n), a. 1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines; mountain goats; mountain air;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mountain mahogany — ☆ mountain mahogany n. any of a genus (Cercocarpus) of W North American shrubs or small trees of the rose family, with lobed leaves and single dry fruits …   English World dictionary

  • Mountain-mahogany — Taxobox name = Mountain mahogany image width = 290px image caption = Alderleaf Mountain mahogany regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Rosales familia = Rosaceae genus = Cercocarpus genus authority = H.B. K.… …   Wikipedia

  • mountain mahogany — kalninis nagenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis nuodingas augalas (Cercocarpus montanus), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cercocarpus montanus angl. mountain mahogany šaltinis Valstybinės… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • mountain-mahogany — uodegotoji tiama statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Melijinių šeimos medieninis augalas (Entandrophragma caudatum), paplitęs Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Entandrophragma caudatum angl. mountain mahogany šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių kalbos… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • mountain mahogany — noun 1. : any of several shrubs or small shrubby trees of western No. America that constitute the genus Cercocarpus of the family Rosaceae and are often important browse or forage plants; especially : an evergreen tree (C. ledifolius) with cherry …   Useful english dictionary

  • mountain mahogany — noun Date: 1810 any of a genus (Cercocarpus) of western North American evergreen shrubs or small trees of the rose family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mountain mahogany — moun′tain mahog any n. pln any of several W North American shrubs or small trees of the genus Cercocarpus, of the rose family, having simple, leathery leaves and small, whitish flowers • Etymology: 1800–10, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • curl-leaf mountain-mahogany — gailinis nagenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Cercocarpus ledifolius), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Cercocarpus ledifolius angl. curl leaf mountain mahogany šaltinis Valstybinės… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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