sandarac tree

sandarac tree
noun
large coniferous evergreen tree of North Africa and Spain having flattened branches and scalelike leaves yielding a hard fragrant wood; bark yields a resin used in varnishes
Hypernyms: ↑cypress
Substance Meronyms: ↑sandarac, ↑sandarach, ↑citronwood

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noun
1. : a large cypress pine (Callitris articulata) of northern Africa that yields a hard durable fragrant wood much used in building (as in the roof of Cordova Cathedral) — see sandarac 3, thyine wood
2. : an Australian cypress pine that yields sandarac

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sandarac tree,
a tree of northwest Africa of the cypress family, whose fragrant, hard wood is much used in building. It is the source of the resin sandarac.

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  • sandarac — [san′də rak΄] n. [L sandaraca < Gr sandarakē: prob. akin to Sans candra raga, having the glow of the moon: for IE base see SANDALWOOD] 1. a brittle, slightly aromatic, somewhat transparent, yellowish resin exuded from the bark of several… …   English World dictionary

  • sandarac — /san deuh rak /, n. 1. a coniferous tree, Tetraclinis articulata (Callitrus quadrivalvis), native to northwestern Africa, yielding a resin and a fragrant, hard, dark colored wood much used in building. 2. the brittle, usually pale yellow, faintly …   Universalium

  • sandarac — /ˈsændəræk/ (say sanduhrak) noun 1. a brittle, usually pale yellow, more or less transparent, faintly aromatic resin exuding from the bark of the sandarac tree and used chiefly as incense and in making varnish. 2. a tree, Tetraclinis articulata… …  

  • Sandarac — In mineralogy, sandarac, or sandarach, may refer to realgar or native arsenic disulfide, but is generally (a use found in Dioscorides) a resin obtained from the small coniferous tree Tetraclinis articulata , native to the northwest of Africa, and …   Wikipedia

  • sandarac — citronwood citronwood n. 1. wood of a citron tree. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a durable fragrant wood used in building (as in the roof of Cordova Cathedral); called also {sandarac}. Syn: sandarac. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sandarac — Sandarach San da*rach, Sandarac San da*rac,, n. [L. sandaraca, Gr. ?.] 1. (Min.) Realgar; red sulphide of arsenic. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot. Chem.) A white or yellow resin obtained from a Barbary tree ({Callitris quadrivalvis} or {Thuya… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sandarac — san•da•rac [[t]ˈsæn dəˌræk[/t]] n. 1) pln a NW African tree, Callitris articulata, of the cypress family, yielding a resin used as a varnish and a hard, dark wood used in building 2) the brittle, faintly aromatic resin from the bark of this tree… …   From formal English to slang

  • sandarac — noun Etymology: Latin sandaraca red coloring, from Greek sandarakē realgar, red pigment from realgar Date: 1543 a brittle faintly aromatic translucent resin obtained from a northern African tree (Tetraclinis articulata) of the cypress family and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sandarac — noun a) realgar; red sulphide of arsenic. b) A white or yellow resin obtained from a Barbary tree ( or ), and pulverized for pounce; probably so called from a resemblance to the mineral …   Wiktionary

  • sandarac — san·da·rac san də .rak n 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… …   Medical dictionary

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