from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several tropical Asian semiparasitic 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.
  • noun Any of several other tropical Asian trees, especially those of the genera Adenanthera and Pterocarpus that yield a hard wood and a red dye.
  • noun The wood of any of these trees.
  • noun A light to moderate or grayish brown.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Australia, a small tree, Mida persicaria.
  • noun The fragrant wood of the heart and roots of a tree of several species belonging to the genus Santalum; also, the tree itself.
  • noun Another East Indian tree, Adenanthera pavonina, with red wood, used as a dyestuff and otherwise. See Adenanthera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The highly perfumed yellowish heartwood of an East Indian and Polynesian tree (Santalum album), and of several other trees of the same genus, as the Hawaiian Santalum Freycinetianum and S. pyrularium, the Australian S. latifolium, etc. The name is extended to several other kinds of fragrant wood.
  • noun Any tree of the genus Santalum, or a tree which yields sandalwood.
  • noun The red wood of a kind of buckthorn, used in Russia for dyeing leather (Rhamnus Dahuricus).
  • noun the fragrant wood of several trees not of the genus Santalum, as Ximenia Americana, Myoporum tenuifolium of Tahiti.
  • noun a heavy, dark red dyewood, being the heartwood of two leguminous trees of India (Pterocarpus santalinus, and Adenanthera pavonina); -- called also red sanderswood, sanders or saunders, and rubywood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various tropical trees of the genus Santalum, native to India, Australia, Hawaii, and many south Pacific islands.
  • noun The aromatic heartwood of these trees used in ornamental carving, in the construction of insect-repellent boxes and chests, and as a source of certain perfumes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun close-grained fragrant yellowish heartwood of the true sandalwood; has insect repelling properties and is used for carving and cabinetwork


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Middle English sandell, saundres, from Old French sandale, from Medieval Latin sandalum, from Ancient Greek σαγάλινος (santalinos, "of sandalwood"), from σάνδανον (sandanon), from Sanskrit


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  • That is why they bathe babies in sandalwood water and wrap them in soft red malmal, color of luck.

    Excerpt: Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 1999

  • Carvèd in sandalwood, fragrant with essences, spread with new pillows,

    Psalms of the Sisters Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys 1909

  • I wasn't prompted by instinct or anything of the kind, it was just that my nostrils had been almost unconsciously titillated for some time past by a perfume that I'd just identified as sandalwood, and as I am rather partial to it, I just wanted to see who was wearing it.

    Puppet on a Chain MacLean, Alistair, 1922- 1969

  • The soil of India supports many kinds of useful trees -- sandalwood, which is employed in the construction of the finer kinds of furniture; ebony, with its dark wood; the teak-tree, which grows to a height of 130 feet, and forms immense forests in both the Indian peninsulas and in the Sunda

    From Pole to Pole A Book for Young People Sven Anders Hedin 1908

  • In previous centuries, many forest resources such as sandalwood were depleted through uncontrolled exploitation.

    Timor and Wetar deciduous forests 2008

  • Its a kind of sandalwood fragrance that one would expect if well versed with the Lutens line.

    The Sexiest Perfumes Marina Geigert 2008

  • Additional woody notes such as sandalwood, agarwood and vetiver create a cleaner and drier impression.

    Fougère, Coumarin and the Bittersweetness of Green Ayala Sender 2007

  • Additional woody notes such as sandalwood, agarwood and vetiver create a cleaner and drier impression.

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  • And in the Pacific, with CSIRO we have an exciting forest genetic resources program underway that will help Pacific Island countries conserve, improve and better promote the use of particular species such as sandalwood and mahogany that can be used in cosmetics, soaps, aromatherapy, perfumery and medicines.

    Forests, Wood and Livelihoods: Finding a Future for All 2005

  • Use natural not chemical incense such as sandalwood, with its calming and cooling effect on the mind, or fragrances such as rose or frankincense.

    The Sivananda Companion To Meditation THE SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA CENTER 2003


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