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.
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.