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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.

[Probably from Dutch kalamanderhout, calamander wood : perhaps alteration of (Kust van) Coromandel, Coromandel (Coast) + hout, wood.]
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(Forestry) the hard black-and-brown striped wood of several trees of the genus Diospyros, esp D. quaesita of India and Sri Lanka, used in making furniture: family Ebenaceae. See also ebony2
[C19: metathetic variant of coromandel in Coromandel Coast]
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(ˈkæl əˌmæn dər)

the hard, mottled brown and black wood of any of several ebony trees of the genus Diospyros, used for cabinetwork.
[1795–1805; perhaps metathetic variant of coromandel]
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The carcase of the tables was solid ebony, a closely grained extremely hard wood capable of taking elaborate carving, while the hexagonal tops were each decorated with a central swirling flowerhead formed by radiating veneers of, satinwood, rosewood, palm and calamander among others.
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Brass lines feature strongly on this attractive table with its striking and boldly contrasting wide inlay in calamander around the top.
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