Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clear to yellow resin, obtained in Malaya from trees of the genera Shorea and Symplocus of the Dipterocarpaceae family, used in varnishes and inks
  • n. Any of various hard resins, obtained especially from evergreen trees, notably of the genera Agathis (pine family), Balanocarpus and Hopea, native to southeast Asia, also used in varnishes and lacquers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who dams up water, or who builds dams.
  • n. Same as dammar-resin.

Etymologies

From Malay damar, from Proto-Malayic *damar, from Proto-Western Malayo-Polynesian *damaʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *damaʀ. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now the absorption of so much labour in the cultivation of this one product must necessarily have raised the price of food and other necessaries; and when it was abolished, more rice would be grown, more sago made, more fish caught, and more tortoise-shell, rattan, gum-dammer, and other valuable products of the seas and the forests would be obtained.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • He has taken my bale of dammer and spice I won beyond the seas,

    Verses 1889-1896

  • The export of dammer is a mere trifle -- four tons in 1852, twelve tons in 1853.

    Eight Years' Wanderings in Ceylon

  • I could take my aith to that sneeshing-mull amang a thousand --- I carried it for mony a year, till I niffered it for this tin ane wi 'auld George Glen, the dammer and sinker, when he took a fancy till't doun at Glen-Withershins yonder.' '

    The Antiquary

  • Success six chests of pitch and _dammer_, two barrels of tar, and six slabs of copper; and Captain Clipperton gave him _twenty-four_ quarter deck guns, [242] some round shot, a compass, and a few other necessaries.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 10 Arranged in systematic order: Forming a complete history of the origin and progress of navigation, discovery, and commerce, by sea and land, from the earliest ages to the present time.

  • Tore waxcloth, split teak-wood, and chipped out the dammer;)

    Verses 1889-1896

  • I could take my aith to that sneeshing-mull amang a thousand -- I carried it for mony a year, till I niffered it for this tin ane wi 'auld George Glen, the dammer and sinker, when he took a fancy till't doun at Glen-Withershins yonder. "

    The Antiquary — Volume 02

  • I could take my aith to that sneeshing-mull amang a thousand — I carried it for mony a year, till I niffered it for this tin ane wi’ auld George Glen, the dammer and sinker, when he took a fancy till’t doun at Glen – Withershins yonder.”

    The Antiquary

  • Sincere environmentalists who objected that Lenin's Soviet Union was a despoiler of the natural ecology of Russia, a dammer of rivers and polluter of ecosystems, have been ignored or silenced. '"

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