Definition of coromandel in English:

coromandel

noun

  • 1

    (also coromandel wood, coromandel ebony)
    A fine-grained, grayish-brown wood streaked with black, used in furniture.
    Also called calamander

    ‘The frame is exceptionally fine; it looks like coromandel wood and the textured gray mat is obviously hand-detailed.’
    • ‘Some quality caddies and tea chests were made in coromandel wood and were decorated with inlays of engraved brass, brass thin lines, and shell.’
    • ‘Executed in coromandel wood, each hinged flap mounted with a blue Wedgwood style oval plaque framed with a shaped beveled brass plate and brass rope twist moldings.’
    • ‘The sturdy pillar-like legs which are a hallmark of his style also adorn the fortepiano, which is cased with coromandel wood.’
    • ‘The stopknobs as well as the cheeks are made of coromandel wood.’
  • 2The Sri Lankan tree that yields coromandel wood.

    Diospyros quaesita, family Ebenaceae

    • ‘The following fruit trees are among those grown by the Baiga: mountain black plum, mango, forest mango, white teak, coromandel ebony, wild fig, banyan, Indian quince, and sebasten plum.’

Pronunciation

coromandel

/ˈkôrəmandəl/ /ˈkɔrəmændəl/

adjective

  • Denoting a form of Asian lacquerware with intaglio designs.

    • ‘In fact she was not glad at all, and she continued to think longingly about the beautiful coromandel screen in the apartment below her feet.’

Pronunciation

coromandel

/ˈkôrəmandəl/ /ˈkɔrəmændəl/

Origin

Mid 19th century from Coromandel Coast, from which the lacquerware was originally transported.