Definition of agarwood
- When the inside of the tree becomes infected (usually by insects), fungus or mold develops and bores into the tree, which attempts to defend itself by creating agarwood, a resinous heartwood; this slows down the infection and makes the surviving wood more durable.
- —Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, June 2014
- With prices for noncultivated agarwood rising to $10,000 a kilo, few local shopkeepers welcome mere browsers.
- —Jennifer Gampell, New York Times, 20 July 2008