Definition of Amboina wood in US English:

Amboina wood

(also Amboyna wood)


  • The decorative wood of a rapidly growing Southeast Asian tree, often used for furniture making.

    The tree is Pterocarpus indicus, family Leguminosae

    • ‘Exotic Amboina wood handles are decorated with a unique compass shield and capped off with Nickel silver bolsters.’
    • ‘This refers as well to my wooden reel-seats made from selected and rare Amboina wood.’
    • ‘He remained partial to the use of rare woods such as Macassar Ebony, the burr of Amboina wood, Brasilian Rosewood and Palisander.’


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


Amboina wood

/amˈboinə ˌwo͝od/