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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.
Alkyds are synthetic resins now used in place of natural oils like linseed and sandarac in traditional varnishes.
The reddishbrown, well-grained wood comes from the sandarac tree, which grows in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa.