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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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 Along with cardamom, rare Indian sandalwood is at the heart of Au Hasard. Kavita Daswani,, "The Westside and Everafter open in Santa Monica, Thalé Blanc offers L.A.-style backpacks at new store," 8 June 2018 Plus, the bath bomb is made of invigorating pine, sea salt, and sandalwood for a fresh and natural-smelling soak. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Attention John Mayer: There’s a New Bath Bomb," 20 June 2018 The seductive scent, named after the biblical telling of Salome’s infamous dance performed before Herod II, contains a dark spice that sways around warm vanilla flower and Indian sandalwood. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Met Gala 2018: 10 Celestial Scents That Turn Perfume Into a Religious Experience," 25 Apr. 2018 Research looking at diffusers specifically is scarce, but countless studies have shown that many commonly used essential oils—like thyme, clove, rosemary, sandalwood, eucalyptus, and tea tree —are potent germ-fighters. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Clean Your Essential Oil Diffuser Regularly," 2 Jan. 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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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


san·dal·wood | \ˈsan-dəl-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of sandalwood

: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree

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