coromandel

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coromandel

(ˌkɒrəˈmændəl)
n
(Plants) another name for calamander
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cor•o•man•del

(ˌkɔr əˈmæn dl, ˌkɒr-)

n.
1. the hard brownish wood of a tropical Asian tree, Diospyros melanoxylon.
2. (usu. cap.) lacquer work, usu. incised and filled in with gold and color, produced in China in the 17th and early 18th century and used esp. to decorate folding screens.
[1835–45; after the Coromandel Coast, from where Chinese lacquer work was transshipped to Europe]
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References in classic literature ?
When I say all the French went on shore, I should remember that the young priest I spoke of, hearing we were bound to the East Indies, desired to go the voyage with us, and to be set on shore on the coast of Coromandel; which I readily agreed to, for I wonderfully liked the man, and had very good reason, as will appear afterwards; also four of the seamen entered themselves on our ship, and proved very useful fellows.
Other antique furniture and objets d'art from unassailable provenance will be auctioned off, such as Chinese coromandels, celadon planters, a European chest of drawers, a finely carved four-poster bed, an Empire-style double aparador, a Laguna comoda, a pair of Brentwood chairs and a marble-top table and a Hagabi bench.