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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.]
(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]
co•pal(ˈkoʊ pəl, -pæl)
a resin obtained from various tropical trees and used in making varnishes.
[1570–80; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl copalli]
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courbaril copal - resin from the courbaril tree
natural resin - a plant exudate
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