Definition of fiddleback in English:

fiddleback

noun

  • 1usually as modifier A thing shaped like the back of a violin, with the sides deeply curved inwards, especially the back of a chair or the front of a chasuble.

    • ‘The cherry chest-on-frame, 1740-1760, comes from Connecticut, while the flanking pair of maple fiddleback chairs was made in the Hudson River valley in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Vaguely Queen Anne in style, the oval dining table and the front of the fiddleback chairs had ‘turned’ legs built from stacks of variously sized plasterboard disks.’
    • ‘Regardless of the maker, New York fiddle-back chairs are remarkably uniform in design and construction.’
    • ‘The maple fiddleback chair, 1760-1800, is from Long Island.’
  • 2mass noun A rippled effect in the grain of fine wood, often exploited when making the backs of violins.

    as modifier ‘fiddleback mahogany’
    • ‘Some trees produce spectacularly grained wood in curly, fiddleback, quilt, and bird's eye designs that are treasured by fine furniture makers.’
    • ‘The photo is a cabinet by Craig Vandall Stevens, of granadillo, fiddleback maple, spalted maple, spalted Swiss pear, bubinga, and brass.’
    • ‘In maple this is termed tiger maple, or fiddleback, because it is preferred for violin backs.’
    • ‘The group is now progressing well towards reaching its goal of having fine crafted furniture created from local species such as banksia, rock sheoak, fiddleback rivergum and common rivergum.’

Pronunciation

fiddleback

/ˈfɪdlbak/