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[dam-ahr, -er, duh-mahr] /ˈdæm ɑr, -ər, dəˈmɑr/


or damar, dammer

[dam-ahr, -er, duh-mahr] /ˈdæm ɑr, -ər, dəˈmɑr/
Also called gum dammar. a copallike resin derived largely from dipterocarpaceous trees of southern Asia, especially Malaya and Sumatra, and used chiefly for making colorless varnish.
any of various similar resins from trees of other families.
Origin of dammar
First recorded in 1690-1700, dammar is from the Malay word damar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Respecting the identity of my would-be assassin there was little room for doubt; he was the black servant of Dr. damar Greefe.

  • They brought with them beeswax, damar, honey, or rattans to exchange for those things.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • Dr. damar Greefe has a residence somewhere within a quarter-mile radius of this house!

  • Abstain from the use of zinc white or damar varnish altogether.

    Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting Mayton Clarence Hillick
  • damar varnish is forced upon the marbler, so there is little wonder if many prefer to leave the work as it is without varnishing.

    Graining and Marbling Frederick Maire
  • The false move made by Dr. damar Greefe had advanced the inquiry further than any unaided endeavors of mine could well have done.

  • damar, a very valuable varnish gum, is abundant in its mountains.

  • It was the appearance of damar Greefe on the platform of the tower, armed with binoculars, which awakened me to the ghastly truth.

  • He came in again, and closing the door behind him, stood staring at damar Greefe in a sort of wonderment.

  • But that Dr. damar Greefe was a genius whom much learning had made mad, neither of us doubted.

British Dictionary definitions for damar


a variant spelling of dammar


any of various resins obtained from SE Asian trees, esp of the genera Agathis (conifers) and Shorea (family Dipterocarpaceae): used for varnishes, lacquers, bases for oil paints, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Malay damar resin
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