Meaning of bastard mahogany in English:

bastard mahogany

noun

  • 1An American cherry laurel, Prunus caroliniana (now historical and rare).

  • 2Any of various tropical American or African trees yielding wood thought to resemble that of mahogany in some way, (also) the wood of such a tree.

  • 3Australian Any of several eucalypts, especially Eucalyptus botryoides.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer.