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

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Recent Examples on the Web There’s some grip to the texture here, and the flavors suggest sandalwood, grilled stone fruit and fennel. Esther Mobley,, "The chaos of reopening California bars, and a racial reckoning in the wine industry: what you missed this week," 2 July 2020 Even more fascinating was that, in addition to rose and kewra, this Indian Rooh Afza also featured nearly a dozen other different botanicals, including sandalwood, carrot, pineapple, and even spinach. TheWeek, "The most refreshing drink in the world," 30 May 2020 Lavender and vanilla are the two most common ones, but sandalwood, rose, pine, and jasmine are also popular. Matt Jancer, Wired, "How to Create a Home Meditation Space," 27 May 2020 Shoppers love its essential oils, like rosewood, sandalwood and sage, which help to moisturize and remove leftover makeup or grime. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "5 beauty products you should skip from Sephora's spring sale—and where to get them instead," 21 Apr. 2020 There’s also a shea body cream that comes in the new Japanese cherry blossom scent that smells like a blend of pears, mimosa petals, white jasmine, and blushing sandalwood. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Bath & Body Works Just Launched New Valentine's Day Candles and Self Care Products," 22 Jan. 2020 Essential oils like lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, cloves, and sandalwood are used as fragrances in natural deodorants, but many of these oils are common irritants, especially among people with sensitive skin. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "Here's Why Your Natural Deodorant Gave You A Rash," 8 Apr. 2020 Another men’s deodorant, this brand one comes in both roll-on and spray formats in a slew of blends including sandalwood, charcoal and volcanic clay. NBC News, "Best natural deodorants in 2020, according to dermatologists," 14 Mar. 2020 Malin + Goetz The brand’s Leather scent is a touch spicy (pepper, clove) and a bit woodsy (sandalwood, cedarwood); $95, at Space NK, Brentwood Country Mart or Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Sandalwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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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