from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A valuable furniture wood from India and Ceylon, of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes, very hard in texture. It is a species of ebony, and is obtained from the Diospyros quaesita.


Probably from Dutch kalamanderhout, calamander wood, perhaps from alteration of Coromandel Coast .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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