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 Created to evoke the natural aroma and ambiance of the Adirondack mountains, this Aerin perfume combines the scent of woods (cedarwood, sandalwood) with the soft, green aroma of violet leaf. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 The nose has layers of vanilla, sandalwood and fresh green apple, with a hit of alcohol that doesn’t burn much given the high ABV. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 3 July 2022 With the main ingredients being geranium, sandalwood, cedar and vetiver, this aftershave is all about healing. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 The lip oils' signature fragrances include 8 percent precious sandalwood, which is used to counterbalance their otherwise fruity notes. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Apr. 2022 Our personal favorite is the aromatic Pure Radiance Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub, which smells like nature in a jar thanks to its rich blend of sandalwood, orange peel, and cedar wood. Jennifer Chan,, 23 June 2022 This musky, floral and clean scent combines bergamot, jasmine, neroli, orange flower and cyclamen with sandalwood, blonde wood and white musk. Kristin Corpuz, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 So things like eucalyptus will always lift my mood, things like sandalwood, things that are a little bit grounding, but also still fresh and kind of like being outside—being able to be free and active. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 June 2022 Juicy orange blossom, fresh sandalwood, black coconut and Pacific musk will linger in your hair all day long, becoming your new signature scent. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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