san·​dal·​wood ˈsan-dᵊl-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sandalwood (audio)
: 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
: any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods
also : the fragrant wood of such a tree

Examples of sandalwood in a Sentence

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Word History


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) + wood entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandalwood was circa 1511

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“Sandalwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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san·​dal·​wood -ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sandalwood (audio)
: the close-grained fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree often used in carving and cabinetwork
also : the tree that yields this wood

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