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Mahoe \Ma"hoe\, n. (Bot.) A name given to several malvaceous trees (species of Hibiscus, Ochroma, etc.), and to their strong fibrous inner bark, which is used for strings and cordage.


n. 1 Any of a number of different trees, usually found around the tropics. 2 # (taxlink Alectryon macrococcus species noshow=1), a tree in the soapberry family, endemic to Hawaii. 3 # (taxlink Melicytus ramiflorus species noshow=1), a tree in the violet family, endemic to New Zealand. 4 # (taxlink Talipariti elatum species noshow=1) (blue mahoe), a tree in the mallow family, native to the Caribbean.

  1. n. shrubby tree widely distributed along tropical shores; yields a light tough wood used for canoe outriggers and a fiber used for cordage and caulk; often cultivated for ornament [syn: majagua, mahagua, balibago, purau, Hibiscus tiliaceus]

  2. erect forest tree of Cuba and Jamaica having variably hairy leaves and orange-yellow or orange-red flowers; yields a moderately dense timber for cabinetwork and gunstocks [syn: Cuban bast, blue mahoe, majagua, mahagua, Hibiscus elatus]


Mahoe is a common name for several plants and may refer to:

  • Alectryon macrococcus, or ʻalaʻalahua, a species of tree in the soapberry family endemic to Hawaii
  • Melicytus ramiflorus, a species of tree in the violet family endemic to New Zealand
  • Talipariti elatum, or blue mahoe, a species of tree in the mallow family native to the Caribbean

Usage examples of "mahoe".

The green flanks of the uplands, all feathered with bamboo interspersed with the dark, glinting green of breadfruit and the sudden Bengal fire of Flame of the Forest, gave way to the lower forests of ebony, mahogany, mahoe and logwood.