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  • noun The wood of Pterocarpus santalinus, the red sandalwood tree

Etymologies

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From Mandarin 紫檀 (zitan)

Examples

  • A table made in zitan carved to look like gnarled branches of a plum tree could be read as just another bit of trickery.

    A Paradise of Illusion

  • Made of a precious Asian hardwood called zitan, the throne is embellished with 10 dragons.

    CNN Transcript Oct 8, 2009

  • Ironically, the first thing we see in "Private Paradise" is something the emperor hid from view: a screen made of zitan, a rare hardwood, across which parade luminous gold and silver floral compositions.

    A Paradise of Illusion

  • Courtesy of China Guardian Auctions Co. Ltd. Chinese buyers are turning again to zitan wood, shown in this chair.

    The China Factor

  • "Purple sandalwood" (zitan) with inlays of mother-of-pearl and stone

    Art of the Ming Dynasty

  • Eric Mok's Upstairs studio is using zitan and blackwood, fine timbers much prized in Asia, to produce clean-lined contemporary furniture based on Ming-dynasty styles.

    A New Love For The Local

  • Specialists restored frames that had been carved from zitan, a rare wood, to resemble bamboo, and artisans in south China recreated fabrics and upholstery based on original designs.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Specialists restored frames that had been carved from zitan, a rare wood, to resemble bamboo, and artisans in south China recreated fabrics and upholstery based on original designs.

    "MAIN" via Steve in Google Reader

  • But the biggest battle was over a Qianlong-period throne made of precious zitan wood and carved with dragons, which was estimated to fetch HK$20m-30m.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • But the biggest battle was over a Qianlong-period throne made of precious zitan wood and carved with dragons, which was estimated to fetch HK$20m-30m.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

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