false sandalwood

noun

Definition of false sandalwood

1 :a small spiny often shrubby tropical tree (Ximenia americana) that has an astringent bark rich in tannins, leathery opposite leaves, whitish flowers, and a yellow to orange edible fruit which resembles a plum and contains a very oily seed and that yields a very dense heavy aromatic wood
2 :the wood of the false sandalwood sometimes substituted for sandalwood

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up false sandalwood? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!