Definition of calamander in English:


(also calamander wood)


  • another term for coromandel
    • ‘The body of the bowl is fashioned of decarbonized iron, inlaid with silver and gold and displayed on a calamander wood base.’
    • ‘Coromandel - A variety of calamander wood; much used for making furniture, particularly small articles such as writing boxes.’
    • ‘Next he took us on an interesting tour of the dining room which was dominated by a huge calamander dining table with a magnificent finish and twelve arm chairs.’
    • ‘It was ‘handsomely built, laid out in mahogany and calamander wood,’ and gained reputation as a place for lovers to hold assignations.’
    • ‘It can be striped with black or with shades of brown; these varieties are called calamander wood or variegated ebony.’
    • ‘Flat plates of ivory are inlaid with scroll and floral ornament designs which are used in the fittings of calamander wood boxes found in the southern district of Matara.’


Early 19th century: from Sinhalese kaḷu-madīriya, perhaps from Coromandel ebony (see coromandel), changed by association with Sinhalese kaḷu ‘black’.