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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Patel recommends the BBB London Nourishing Brow Oil, which is made with sweet almond and rosemary oil to nourish hair and promote growth, and lavender and sandalwood to condition. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Expert Guide To Growing Your Eyebrows," 17 Dec. 2018 Several shelves in the front are filled with hot sauces and pickles, while others offer Indian toiletries such as sandalwood soap and coconut hair oil. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "A Go-To Grocery for Indian Cooks," 17 Jan. 2018 More factually, the brand says the formula includes sage, green tea, sandalwood, and horsetail plant, which explains the fragrance. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Natural Deodorant With a 13,000-Person Waitlist," 13 Sep. 2018 Instead, there is vanilla, amber, sandalwood, and the whole scent rests on a big fluffy note of steamed, frothed milk. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "Sunset Fantasy Is Britney Spears's Most Decadent Dessert Perfume Yet," 25 Jan. 2018 This past weekend, the underground bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was dark and abuzz with low chatter, candlelit with a faint scent of sandalwood. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "A Weekend for Female Directors in Brooklyn," 25 June 2018 The newest one has notes of fresh grapefruit, lavender, geranium, cedar, and a creamy New Caledonian sandalwood, which Chanel calls a superior ingredient that inspired the bottle’s bold new look. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s Newest Fragrance Is for Men Who Meditate," 31 May 2018 Notes include pink grapefruit, anjou pear, and water lily at the top; gardenia, tiare flower, and tuberose at the middle; sandalwood, solar amber, and musk at the base. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Really Think Of Kim Kardashian West's New Perfume Crystal Gardenia," 15 Nov. 2017 Straw marquetry covered the walls, wood fretwork was painted to look like white enamel, and the air was filled with the aroma of sandalwood incense. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Diving for Starfish’ Review: The Affair L’Étoile de Mer," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sandalwood

circa 1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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) + wood entry 1

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sandalwood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sandalwood

: 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

noun
san·​dal·​wood | \ ˈsan-dəl-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of sandalwood

: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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