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or dam·ar, dam·mer

[dam-ahr, -er, duh-mahr]
  1. 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.
  2. any of various similar resins from trees of other families.
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Origin of dammar

First recorded in 1690–1700, dammar is from the Malay word damar
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damar or dammer

  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from Malay damar resin
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