co·​pal | \ ˈkō-pəl How to pronounce copal (audio) , -ˌpal; kō-ˈpal \

Definition of copal

: a recent or fossil resin from various tropical trees

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Recent Examples on the Web An Aztec dancer walked around blessing with copal the members of Najwa Dance Corps of Chicago, dedicated to reflecting the African American dance heritage; and the members of Example Setters, a Black youth poetry group. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, "The power of Indigenous rituals: Aztec and African ancestral dancers join forces to bridge Lawndale, Little Village neighborhoods," 9 Sep. 2020 The scents are something special: goji berry and orange, persimmon and copal, and lavender and cade. Popular Science, "Five candles to make your home cozier," 17 Oct. 2019 The altars have traditions elements such as archways, candles, water, marigolds, incense and copal (tree resin), which are significant in welcoming and easing the way for spirits to come back and visit. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Celebrate your loved ones at Dia de los Muertos in the Mesa Arts Center," 17 Oct. 2019 The smokiness of ancient copal (once used by the Mayans as an energy cleanser) and the fresh scent of sabila (aloe vera, known for its regenerating powers) will permeate these memories; both are key ingredients in the hotel’s signature fragrance. Vogue, "The Power of Scent: 5 New Fragrances to Help Those Vacation Memories Linger, Long After The Trip Ends," 31 May 2019 Search for organic facial sunscreen with pretty packaging, travel-size hand lotion from your favorite shop, and a pack of herbal incense, like Mexico’s treasured copal. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 At Habitas, copal ceremony aside, the pseudo-spiritual is kept to a minimum. Andrea Whittle, CNT, "Habitas, a New Hotel in Tulum, Turns the Stale Idea of a Beach Resort on its Head," 25 Aug. 2017 After dinner, retire to one of the cozy lounge areas for (more) mezcal, wafts of copal, and live music. Alison Beckner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat in Tulum, Mexico This Year," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of copal

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for copal

Spanish, from Nahuatl copalli resin

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“Copal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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