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sandarac

[ san-duh-rak ]

noun

  1. a coniferous tree, Tetraclinis articulata ( Callitrus quadrivalvis ), native to northwestern Africa, yielding a resin and a fragrant, hard, dark-colored wood much used in building.
  2. the brittle, usually pale-yellow, faintly aromatic resin exuding from the bark of this tree: used chiefly as incense and in making varnish.


sandarac

/ ˈsændəˌræk /

noun

  1. Also calledsandarac tree either of two coniferous trees, Tetraclinis articulata of N Africa or Callistris endlicheri of Australia, having hard fragrant dark wood: family Cupressaceae
  2. a brittle pale yellow transparent resin obtained from the bark of this tree and used in making varnish and incense
  3. Also calledcitron wood the wood of this tree, used in building


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Word History and Origins

Origin of sandarac1

1350–1400; Middle English sandaracha < Latin sandaraca < Greek sandarákē realgar, beebread

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sandarac1

C16 sandaracha, from Latin sandaraca red pigment, from Greek sandarakē

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Example Sentences

Alerce, a-lers′, n. the wood of the sandarac-tree: the Chilian Arbor vit—both of the pine family.

One ounce white rosin; one half ounce gum sandarac; one half ounce Prussian blue, in fine powder.

As alcohol dissolves sandarac, the points that formerly appeared opaque may now become transparent.

Always the eraser and the sandarac, the same inkstand, the same pens, and the same companions.

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