An ebony wood from the tree Diospyros kurzii native to India and the Andaman Islands. The heavy, durable wood is black with yellowish stripes forming a marble like grain pattern. Like other ebonies, it is highly valued for furniture, inlay and decorative items. Marblewood is resistant to insects and takes a high polish. Other trees also called marblewood are Marmoxylon racemosum of South America, Diospyros marmorata of southern Asia and Olea paniculata of Australia.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Andaman marblewood; ebony; Diospyros kurzii; Marmoxylon racemosum; Diospyros marmorata; Olea paniculata; Angelim rajado; Zygia racemosa; bois serpent (Fr.)
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Website: www.gilmerwood.com