sandalwood

noun san·dal·wood \ ˈsan-dᵊl-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of sandalwood

1 :the compact close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of a parasitic tree (Santalum album of the family Santalaceae, the sandalwood family) of southern Asia much used in ornamental carving and cabinetwork; also :the tree that yields this wood
2 :any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods; also :the fragrant wood of such a tree

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Origin and Etymology of sandalwood

sandal sandalwood (from Middle English, from Anglo-French sandali, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek santalon, ultimately from Sanskrit candana, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil cāntu sandalwood tree) + 2wood


SANDALWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

sandalwood

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Definition of sandalwood for English Language Learners

  • : a yellowish wood with a pleasant smell that is often used to make carved objects and whose oil is used in making perfumes and soaps; also : the tree that this wood comes from


SANDALWOOD Defined for Kids

sandalwood

noun san·dal·wood \ ˈsan-dəl-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of sandalwood for Students

:the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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