a hard, lustrous resin obtained from various tropical trees and used chiefly in making varnishes.
Origin of copal
1570–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl copalli
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Examples from the Web for copal
Historical Examples of copal
Their base is Copal, a fossil, resinous substance of vegetable origin.
Use with oil on shellac and with oil or water on copal varnish.
This they smeared with a paint made by the admixture of camwood and copal gum.
It is principally employed in the preparation of copal varnish.
Father Brandsma is devoting some of his energy to a change in copal gathering.
British Dictionary definitions for copal
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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