Calamander meaning

kălə-măndər
The hard, heavy, black wood of various East Indian trees (genus Diospyros) of the ebony family, used in furniture.
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The hard, black-and-brown-striped wood of certain tropical Asian trees of the genus Diospyros, especially D. quaesita of Sri Lanka, used for making furniture.
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A valuable furniture wood from India and Ceylon, of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes, very hard in texture. It is a kind of ebony obtained from species of Diospyros, especially the Diospyros quaesita.
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Origin of calamander

  • Probably from Dutch kalamanderhout calamander wood perhaps alteration of (Kust van) Coromandel Coromandel (Coast) hout wood

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition