Manila copal

variants: or Manila resin

Definition of Manila copal

: a copal from any of several trees of the genus Agathis usually from the Philippines or Indonesia that varies from soft to hard depending on whether it is gathered after intentional tapping or accidental wounding of the trees and that is used chiefly in varnish — see boea, loba, melengket, pontianak — compare dammar, kauri

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“Manila copal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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