agarwood

noun agar·wood \ ˈa-gər-ˌwu̇d , ˈä- \

Definition of agarwood

: the soft, dark heartwood that is produced by any of various southeast Asian evergreen trees (genus Aquilaria, especially A. malaccensis synonym A. agallocha) when they become infected with a fungus and that contains a fragrant resin used chiefly to produce incense, perfumes, and traditional medicines
  • With prices for noncultivated agarwood rising to $10,000 a kilo, few local shopkeepers welcome mere browsers.
  • —Jennifer Gampell
called also aloes, aloeswood, eaglewood

Origin and Etymology of agarwood

agar- (borrowed from Hindi agar "the tree Aquilaria malaccensis or its wood," going back to Sanskrit aguruḥ, agaruḥ, probably borrowed from a Dravidian source—whence Tamil & Malayalam akil, name for Aquilaria malaccensis) + 2wood


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