dammar

or dam·ar, dam·mer

[dam-ahr, -er, duh-mahr]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. damiana,
  2. damien,
  3. damien, father,
  4. damietta,
  5. daminozide,
  6. dammer,
  7. dammit,
  8. damn,
  9. damn the torpedoes,
  10. damn well

Origin of dammar

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dammer

dammar

damar or dammer

noun

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 for dammar

C17: from Malay damar resin

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