Sandarac definition

săndə-răk
A coniferous evergreen tree (Tetraclinis articulata) of Spain and northern Africa, having scalelike leaves and bark that yields a hard brittle translucent resin used in varnishes.
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The resin obtained from this tree.
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A brittle, slightly aromatic, somewhat transparent, yellowish resin exuded from the bark of several African and Australian trees (genera Tetraclinus and Callitris) of the pine family, used esp. in varnishes and as incense.
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A N African tree (Tetraclinus articulata) yielding this resin and a mahogany-colored, durable wood used esp. in building.
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This wood.
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(mineralogy, archaic) Realgar; red sulphide of arsenic.
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(botany, chemistry) A white or yellow resin obtained from a north African tree Tetraclinis articulata), and pulverized for pounce; probably so called from a resemblance to the mineral.
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Any tree from the genus Tetraclinis.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of sandarac - sandarach

Origin of sandarac

  • Middle English sandaracha from Latin red pigment from Greek sandarakē realgar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin sandaraca, from Ancient Greek σανδαράκη (sandarakÄ“, “realgar").

    From Wiktionary