Definition of amboyna in English:

amboyna

(also amboyna wood)

noun

mass noun
  • The decorative timber of a rapidly growing SE Asian tree, used for cabinetmaking.

    The tree is Pterocarpus indicus, family Leguminosae

    • ‘Its paleness escapes looking bland thanks to contrasting inlays of ebony, walnut and amboyna, a wood distinguished by bird's eye curls.’
    • ‘The centrepiece of the pavilion was a grand piano designed by Ruhlmann and made from such exotic materials as amboyna wood and Macassar ebony.’
    • ‘This set is made of two continuous pieces of rich colored amboyna burl.’
    • ‘After finishing the surface, the grain texture of amboyna wood has a depth and richness unmatched in other textured woods.’
    • ‘Exquisite furniture made from exotic woods fills the house, such as the large Victorian wardrobe veneered in amboyna wood, which can be seen in the Queen's Suite.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Amboina Island (see Ambon).

Pronunciation

amboyna

/amˈbɔɪnə/