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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.]
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(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]
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(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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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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Their ears, frightfully distended, held dangling to them disks of wood and plates of gum copal. They were clad in brilliantly-painted cloths, and the soldiers were armed with the saw-toothed war-club, the bow and arrows barbed and poisoned with the juice of the euphorbium, the cutlass, the "sima," a long sabre (also with saw-like teeth), and some small battle-axes.
As he wanted something that could be carried openly in the hand, I proposed to make use of an old one- gallon copal varnish can I happened to have by me.
contract granting that trader exclusive rights to copal collected in the
Moreover, the synthesized adsorbent was found to be very important from industrial point of view as it was synthesized from a very cheap, renewable, easily accessible and natural backbone source like gum copal and collagen.
The botanical origin and the chemical composition of the analyzed diterpenoid resins (i.e., colophony, Venetian turpentine, sandarac and Manila copal) are listed in Table 4 [22].
The importance of copal inclusions is that they can illustrate faunal changes that have occurred relatively recently.
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They smell the copal. Wait until the crowd disperses,
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