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 (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.

[Spanish, from Nahuatl copalli, resin.]


(ˈkəʊpəl; -pæl)
(Biochemistry) a hard aromatic resin, yellow, orange, or red in colour, obtained from various tropical trees and used in making varnishes and lacquers
[C16: from Spanish, from Nahuatl copalli resin]


(ˈkoʊ pəl, -pæl)

a resin obtained from various tropical trees and used in making varnishes.
[1570–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl copalli]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copal - a brittle aromatic resin used in varnishescopal - a brittle aromatic resin used in varnishes
courbaril copal - resin from the courbaril tree
natural resin - a plant exudate
copaline, copalite, fossil copal - partly mineralized copal dug from the ground
congo copal, congo gum - copal found usually as a fossil
kauri, kauri copal, kauri gum, kauri resin - resin of the kauri trees of New Zealand; found usually as a fossil; also collected for making varnishes and linoleum
anime, Zanzibar copal - a hard copal derived from an African tree
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Over time, the copal hardens even further into amber.
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