Copal definition

kōpəl, -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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
copal
Plural:
copals

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