- 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.
- the brittle, usually pale-yellow, faintly aromatic resin exuding from the bark of this tree: used chiefly as incense and in making varnish.
Origin of sandarac
1350–1400; Middle English sandaracha < Latin sandaraca < Greek sandarákē realgar, beebread
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Always the eraser and the sandarac, the same inkstand, the same pens, and the same companions.Bouvard and Pcuchet
- Also called: sandarac tree either of two coniferous trees, Tetraclinis articulata of N Africa or Callistris endlicheri of Australia, having hard fragrant dark wood: family Cupressaceae
- a brittle pale yellow transparent resin obtained from the bark of this tree and used in making varnish and incense
- Also called: citron wood the wood of this tree, used in building
Word Origin for sandarac
C16 sandaracha, from Latin sandaraca red pigment, from Greek sandarakē
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