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
Recent Examples of sandalwood from the Web
At a funeral ceremony held at the Thakali Service Society premises in Kathmandu, hundreds of family members, friends and supporters offered flowers and colorful scarfs while Buddhist monks chanted a hymn and burnt sandalwood incense.
A nose can take only so many sandalwood varietals; four or five and the nuances disappear.
Floral Fragrance With notes of rose mixed with leather and sandalwood, Pétale Noir is the perfect marriage between feminine florals and masculine musks.
The top notes are sandalwoods and cedarwood and the mid notes are nutmeg, vetiver, and cinnamon.
Grains of rice were placed around his mouth, as per Hindu tradition, to signify his last earthly meal, and his forehead was smeared with sandalwood paste.
Entrepreneur Leila Janah on the international beauty secrets of local women around the globe—from Andean pink salt scrubs to ancient sandalwood paste.
In Myanmar sandalwood paste is a versatile beauty ingredient.
Neither Mr. Brady nor the children are anywhere to be seen today and, thus, all is quiet in a room where a scented candle emits the fragrance of sandalwood.
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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 1511See Words from the same year
SANDALWOOD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sandalwood for Students
: the fragrant yellowish wood of an Asian tree
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