sandarac

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noun san·da·rac \ˈsan-də-ˌrak\

Definition of sandarac

  1. :  a brittle faintly aromatic translucent resin obtained from a northern African tree (Tetraclinis articulata) of the cypress family and used chiefly in making varnish and as incense; also :  a similar resin obtained from any of several Australian trees (genus Callitris) of the same family

Origin and Etymology of sandarac

Latin sandaraca red coloring, from Greek sandarakē realgar, red pigment from realgar


First Known Use: 1543


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sandarac

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noun san·da·rac \ˈsan-də-ˌrak\

Medical Definition of sandarac

  1. :  a brittle aromatic translucent resin obtained from a large northern African tree (Callitris articulata) of the cypress family (Cupressaceae) and used chiefly in making varnish and as incense; also :  a similar resin obtained from any of several related Australian trees


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