copal

[ koh-puh l, -pal ]
/ ˈkoʊ pəl, -pæl /

noun

a hard, lustrous resin obtained from various tropical trees and used chiefly in making varnishes.

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Origin of copal

1570–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl copalli
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British Dictionary definitions for copal

copal
/ (ˈkəʊpəl, -pæl) /

noun

a hard aromatic resin, yellow, orange, or red in colour, obtained from various tropical trees and used in making varnishes and lacquers

Word Origin for copal

C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl copalli resin
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