san·​dal·​wood | \ ˈsan-dᵊl-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce sandalwood (audio) \

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

Examples of sandalwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tea-green leafhopper is allowed to feed on the tea bushes, and the insect bite changes the chemistry of the leaves, filling them with subtle pear, apple and sandalwood notes. Tom Parker Bowles, Robb Report, 14 June 2021 Choose from simple but beautifully packaged soy wax varieties with names like The Library with parchment and wood notes and A Walk in the Woods with scents of pine and sandalwood. Adrienne Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2021 The couple visited Olfactory NYC to design a personalized scent, selecting one based on Olfactory's Cam perfume (figs, violet and sandalwood) and adding woodsy tones. Danielle Braff New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 So minty on the nose, with cedar, sandalwood, spearmint, and a savory grace note to the mountain berries. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Ett Hem, by the Argentine perfumer Julian Bedel for his brand, Fueguia 1883 Patagonia, is another take on sandalwood, but one that is on the woodier side. New York Times, 12 May 2021 The blush is scented a milky sandalwood, with arnica and green tea, a blend dreamed up by the house’s perfumer. Linda Wells, Town & Country, 16 Apr. 2021 Designed to mist fine fragrance with the ease of Febreeze-like packaging, the clever spray bottle releases delicate bursts of this spicy, sandalwood scent that smells of sipping tea on a snowy night at Moscow’s Café Pushkin. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 All-natural bar soaps come in bamboo lily, grapefruit basil, sea spray and aloe, and juniper and sandalwood. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of sandalwood was circa 1511

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18 Jun 2021

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“Sandalwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of sandalwood

: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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