sandalwood


sandalwood
noun Etymology: sandal sandalwood (from Middle English, from Anglo-French sandali, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek santalon, ultimately from Sanskrit candana, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil cāntu sandalwood tree) + 2wood Date: circa 1511 1. the compact close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of a parasitic tree (Santalum album of the family Santalaceae, the sandalwood family) of southern Asia much used in ornamental carving and cabinetwork; also the tree that yields this wood 2. any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods; also the fragrant wood of such a tree

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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