See under sandalwood(def 3).
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Origin of red sandalwood
First recorded in 1830–40
Words nearby red sandalwood
Definition for red sandalwood (2 of 2)
[ san-dl-woo d ]
/ ˈsæn dlˌwʊd /
the fragrant heartwood of any of certain Asian trees of the genus Santalum, used for ornamental carving and burned as incense.
any of these trees, especially S. album (white sandalwood), an evergreen of India, having ovate leaves and yellowish flowers that turn red.
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British Dictionary definitions for red sandalwood
/ (ˈsændəlˌwʊd) /
any of several evergreen hemiparasitic trees of the genus Santalum, esp S. album (white sandalwood), of S Asia and Australia, having hard light-coloured heartwood: family Santalaceae
the wood of any of these trees, which is used for carving, is burned as incense, and yields an aromatic oil used in perfumery
any of various similar trees or their wood, esp Pterocarpus santalinus (red sandalwood), a leguminous tree of SE Asia having dark red wood used as a dye
Word Origin for sandalwood
C14 sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek sandanon, from Sanskrit candana sandalwood
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