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san·da·rac

 (săn′də-răk′)
n.
1. 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.
2. The resin obtained from this tree.

[Middle English sandaracha, from Latin, red pigment, from Greek sandarakē, realgar.]

sandarac

(ˈsændəˌræk) or

sandarach

n
1. (Plants) Also called: sandarac tree either of two coniferous trees, Tetraclinis articulata of N Africa or Callistris endlicheri of Australia, having hard fragrant dark wood: family Cupressaceae
2. (Plants) a brittle pale yellow transparent resin obtained from the bark of this tree and used in making varnish and incense
3. (Forestry) Also called: citron wood the wood of this tree, used in building
[C16 sandaracha, from Latin sandaraca red pigment, from Greek sandarakē]

san•da•rac

(ˈsæn dəˌræk)

n.
1. a NW African tree, Callitris articulata, of the cypress family, yielding a resin used as a varnish and a hard, dark wood used in building.
2. the brittle, faintly aromatic resin from the bark of this tree.
3. any of several Australian cypresses that yield a similar resin.
[1645–55; appar. identical with sandarac(k) realgar < Latin sandaraca < Greek sandarákē]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sandarac - durable fragrant wood; used in building (as in the roof of the cathedral at Cordova, Spain)
Callitris quadrivalvis, sandarac tree, Tetraclinis articulata, sandarac - 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
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.sandarac - a brittle and faintly aromatic translucent resin used in varnishes
Callitris quadrivalvis, sandarac tree, Tetraclinis articulata, sandarac - 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
natural resin - a plant exudate
3.sandarac - large coniferous evergreen tree of North Africa and Spain having flattened branches and scalelike leaves yielding a hard fragrant woodsandarac - 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)
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
We found her sleeping on a bed of sandarac needles.
The reddishbrown, well-grained wood comes from the sandarac tree, which grows in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.
sandarac (polycommunic acid polymer), Congo copal (labdanoid polymer with enantio configuration), retinite (moderate retene amber with low succinic acid content), Prussian and Baltic ambers (from Pinites succinifera), Liquidambar orientalis (based on benzoic acid esters/styrene), Myrrh (triterpenoid resin) and schraufite (Lebanese amber).