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
Recent Examples of sandalwood from the Web
Other days, sandalwood or lavender soap are the 29-year-old’s elixir.
One found notes of sandalwood and leather on the finish while another came away with hints of Twizzlers (not the first time that flavor has been detected in a wine.)
Sofitel welcomes guests to its lobbies with a scent that's a combination of lemon leaves, bergamot, sandalwood and French vanilla, according to the website for Air Aroma, the company that provides the scent.
The interior is painted a soft sandalwood, highlighted with blonde wainscoting, deep-green Venetian blinds and recessed neon lighting that runs the length of the car.
Fruity notes of raspberry and pear blend with rose, sandalwood, and musk to create a youthful fragrance that will carry you from day to night.
As a beauty ritual, brides slathered their faces with a concoction of turmeric, sandalwood, chickpea flour and rosewater mixed with milk.
At a funeral ceremony held at the Thakali Service Society premises in Kathmandu, hundreds of family members, friends and supporters offered flowers and colorful scarfs while Buddhist monks chanted a hymn and burnt sandalwood incense.
A nose can take only so many sandalwood varietals; four or five and the nuances disappear.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1511See Words from the same year
SANDALWOOD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sandalwood for Students
: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree
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