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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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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The first known use of copal was in 1577

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