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a. Any of several tropical Asian hemiparasitic trees of the genus Santalum, especially S. album, having aromatic yellowish heartwood used in cabinetmaking and wood carving and yielding an oil used in perfumery.
b. Any of several other tropical Asian trees, especially those of the genera Adenanthera and Pterocarpus that yield a hard wood and a red dye.
c. The wood of any of these trees.
2. A light to moderate or grayish brown.


(ˈsændəlˌwʊd) ,




1. (Plants) any of several evergreen hemiparasitic trees of the genus Santalum, esp S. album (white sandalwood), of S Asia and Australia, having hard light-coloured heartwood: family Santalaceae
2. (Forestry) the wood of any of these trees, which is used for carving, is burned as incense, and yields an aromatic oil used in perfumery
3. (Plants) any of various similar trees or their wood, esp Pterocarpus santalinus (red sandalwood), a leguminous tree of SE Asia having dark red wood used as a dye
[C14 sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek sandanon, from Sanskrit candana sandalwood]


(ˈsæn dlˌwʊd)

1. the fragrant reddish yellow heartwood of an Indian tree, Santalum album, or of related trees in the sandalwood family: used for incense and ornamental carving.
2. any of various similar trees or their wood.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sandalwood - close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of the true sandalwoodsandalwood - close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of the true sandalwood; has insect repelling properties and is used for carving and cabinetwork
sandalwood tree, Santalum album, true sandalwood - parasitic tree of Indonesia and Malaysia having fragrant close-grained yellowish heartwood with insect repelling properties and used, e.g., for making chests
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees


[ˈsændlwʊd] Nsándalo m


(= wood) → bois m de santal
(= tree) → santal m
(= oil) → huile f de santal


nSandelholz nt
attrSandelholz-; sandalwood oilSandelholzöl nt


1. n (wood) → legno di sandalo; (oil) → olio di sandalo
2. adj (soap, perfume) → al sandalo
References in classic literature ?
The pedlar's smile grew more ingratiating, though he understood no word of what Cronshaw said, and like a conjurer he produced a sandalwood box.
The other head, equally ancient, was a white man's, as the heavy blond moustache, twisted and askew on the shrivelled upper lip, gave sufficient advertisement; and Sheldon wondered what forgotten beche-de-mer fisherman or sandalwood trader had gone to furnish that ghastly trophy.
I found it afterward in the boat bottom and presented it to the sandalwood trader who rescued me.
Port Adams is a salt-water village on Malaita, and Malaita is the most savage island in the Solomons--so savage that no traders or planters have yet gained a foothold on it; while, from the time of the earliest bˆche-de-mer fishers and sandalwood traders down to the latest labor recruiters equipped with automatic rifles and gasolene engines, scores of white adventurers have been passed out by tomahawks and soft-nosed Snider bullets.
Every little girl can easily imagine what an extra good time she had diving into a sea of treasures and fishing up one pretty thing after another, till the air was full of the mingled odours of musk and sandalwood, the room gay with bright colours, and Rose in a rapture of delight.
It is the same with Japan, with Egypt, and with bamboo and sandalwood from the East Indies; I put my finger on them all.
The Bill will also replace the inadequate Sandalwood Act 1929.
IN AN apparent bid to clear the confusion arising out of his recent snake- and- sandalwood remark that had rocked the Janata Parivar alliance in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a closed- door late night meeting with Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in Patna.
Santal Carmin with the notes of bergamot, limette, saffron, sandalwood white musk, papyrus, cedarwood, and vanilla.
According to the official story, a police task force set up to tackle red sandalwood smuggling confronted a gang of more than 100 men deep in remote forests of Andhra Pradesh in the south of India.
Dubai: A man was sentenced to three months in jail for offering a Dh28,000 bribe to a customs inspector to smuggle two containers of sandalwood from Jebel Ali Port into Dubai.