noun san·dal·wood \-ˌwd\

: a yellowish wood with a pleasant smell that is often used to make carved objects and whose oil is used in making perfumes and soaps; also : the tree that this wood comes from

Full Definition of SANDALWOOD

:  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
:  any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods; also :  the fragrant wood of such a tree


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
First Known Use: circa 1511
SANDALWOOD Defined for Kids


noun san·dal·wood \ˈsan-dəl-ˌwd\

Definition of SANDALWOOD for Kids

:  the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears