sandalwood

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noun san·dal·wood \-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of sandalwood

  1. 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. 2 :  any of various trees other than the sandalwood some of which yield dyewoods; also :  the fragrant wood of such a tree

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 1511


SANDALWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

sandalwood

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noun san·dal·wood \-ˌwu̇d\

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

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noun san·dal·wood \ˈsan-dəl-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of sandalwood for Students

  1. :  the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree


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