from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless liquid, C15H24O, obtained from sandalwood and used in perfumes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ethereal oil, C15H26O, found in sandal-wood-oil. It yields water and a sesquiterpene, C15H24, when treated with phosphorus pentoxid. It boils at 310° C.
New Latin Santalum, sandalwood genus (from Medieval Latin santalum, sandalwood; see sandal2) + -ol(e).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Its aroma comes mainly from santalol, which has woody, floral, milky, musky qualities.
In addition to free santalol, the oil contains esters of santalol and santalal.