Copal meaning

kō'pəl, -păl'
Any of several brittle aromatic yellow to red resins of recent or fossil origin, obtained from various tropical trees and used in certain varnishes.
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Fossil resin and other hard resins from tropical trees, used in varnishes and lacquers.
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A resinous exudation from various tropical trees used chiefly in making varnishes and printing ink.
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Origin of copal

  • Spanish from Nahuatl copalli resin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Spanish copal, from Classical Nahuatl copalli (“incense”).
    From Wiktionary