or dam·ar, dam·mer
[dam-ahr, -er, duh-mahr]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for dammar
The Malays called it dammar, and use it largely for torches.Nat the Naturalist
G. Manville Fenn
An oil is obtained from the seeds, and a resin similar to Dammar resin is likewise obtained from the tree.
For impregnation with the dammar solution the object must first be dried, and the air-pump used in the way described on p. 68.The Preservation of Antiquities
Dammar is besides a generic Indian name for various other resins, which, however, are little known in western commerce.
To prepare it, dissolve one-half ounce of Dammar rosin and one-half ounce of gum mastic in three ounces of benzole, and filter.
damar or dammer
- 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
C17: from Malay damar resin
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