red sandalwood

noun

Definition of red sandalwood 

1a or red sanders or red sanderswood or red saunders : a tree (Pterocarpus santalinus) of India and the East Indies

b : the hard durable fragrant timber of this tree that is much prized for cabinetwork

called also ruby wood

c : the dark red heartwood of red sandalwood used as a dyewood and for coloring tinctures and other liquid preparations

2 : an East Indian tree (Adenanthera pavonina) much cultivated for ornament

called also bead tree, Barbados pride, coralwood

— see circassian seed

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