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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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The team tried, and failed, to extract and sequence DNA from two stingless bees (one shown above) embedded in copal, a substance that forms as plant resin becomes amber.
The team led by amber expert Dr David Penney and co-ordinated by ancient DNA expert Professor Terry Brown used highly-sensitive 'next generation' sequencing techniques - the most advance type of DNA sequencing - on insects in copal, the sub-fossilized resin precursor of amber.
Hasta entonces las ruinas de Bonampak eran conocidas solo por los lacandones, que peregrinaban a esos templos para quemar copal como ofrenda a sus antiguos dioses.
Square cupola can have the letter U deleted, and the remaining letters transposed to Copal square .
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