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[san-dl-woo d] /ˈsæn dlˌwʊd/
the fragrant heartwood of any of certain Asian trees of the genus Santalum, used for ornamental carving and burned as incense.
any of these trees, especially S. album (white sandalwood) an evergreen of India, having ovate leaves and yellowish flowers that turn red.
any of various related or similar trees or their woods, especially an East Indian tree, Pterocarpus santalinus (red sandalwood) of the legume family, or its heavy dark-red wood that yields a dye.
Origin of sandalwood
1505-15; sandal2 + wood1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sandalwood
  • One of them, a steroid with the scent of sandalwood, seems to calm the mildly anxious.
  • It is envisioned as a complex of richly painted and gilded courts, constructed with cedar, fir and sandalwood.
  • My sarong, freshly laundered, sports a lingering fragrance of sandalwood.
  • Outside on the patio, sandalwood chips are piled into a mound on a table.
  • They sprinkled the bodies with sandalwood oil, colored powders, and clarified butter.
  • He even wrote poems to decorate the sandalwood screen behind the throne.
  • It smelled as sweet as sandalwood and was said to impart its fragrance to food and drink.
  • You're led to your room along corridors where a wisp of sandalwood incense plays in the light sea breeze.
  • The sandalwood trade exacted a heavy price in human life and health and in ecological damage.
  • It flourished with the sandalwood export and then as a supply port for whalers.
British Dictionary definitions for sandalwood


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
the wood of any of these trees, which is used for carving, is burned as incense, and yields an aromatic oil used in perfumery
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
Word Origin
C14 sandal, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek sandanon, from Sanskrit candana sandalwood
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Word Origin and History for sandalwood

1510s, earlier sandell (c.1400), saundres (early 14c.), from Old French sandale, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Late Greek santalon, ultimately from Sanskrit čandana-m "the sandalwood tree," perhaps literally "wood for burning incense," related to candrah "shining, glowing," and cognate with Latin candere "to shine, glow" (see candle).

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