One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various trees found in the New World tropics and used as a source of strong fibre for rope, etc.; especially either of two closely related species of the family Malvaceae, Hibiscus tilaceus and the blue mahoe, H. elatus; the wood of any of these trees.
Mid 19th century. From American Spanish majagua, either from Taino or from Carib.
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