One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The decorative wood of a rapidly growing Southeast Asian tree, often used for furniture making.
The tree is Pterocarpus indicus, family Leguminosae
- ‘He remained partial to the use of rare woods such as Macassar Ebony, the burr of Amboina wood, Brasilian Rosewood and Palisander.’
- ‘This refers as well to my wooden reel-seats made from selected and rare Amboina wood.’
- ‘Exotic Amboina wood handles are decorated with a unique compass shield and capped off with Nickel silver bolsters.’
Mid 19th century: named after Amboina Island (see Ambon).
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