sandarac tree


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Noun1.sandarac tree - large coniferous evergreen tree of North Africa and Spain having flattened branches and scalelike leaves yielding a hard fragrant woodsandarac tree - large coniferous evergreen tree of North Africa and Spain having flattened branches and scalelike leaves yielding a hard fragrant wood; bark yields a resin used in varnishes
cypress - wood of any of various cypress trees especially of the genus Cupressus
sandarach, sandarac - a brittle and faintly aromatic translucent resin used in varnishes
sandarac, citronwood - durable fragrant wood; used in building (as in the roof of the cathedral at Cordova, Spain)
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The pounce pot, or sander, was used to scatter powdered sandarac - the gum of the Moroccan sandarac tree, a type of conifer - cuttlefish bone or resinous gums, to either prepare the surface of coarse paper for writing or to blot wet ink.
The reddishbrown, well-grained wood comes from the sandarac tree, which grows in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.