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Definitions for sandarac
ˈsæn dəˌræksan·darac

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sandarac, citronwoodnoun

    durable fragrant wood; used in building (as in the roof of the cathedral at Cordova, Spain)

  2. sandarac, sandarachnoun

    a brittle and faintly aromatic translucent resin used in varnishes

  3. sandarac, sandarac tree, Tetraclinis articulata, Callitris quadrivalvisnoun

    large coniferous evergreen tree of North Africa and Spain having flattened branches and scalelike leaves yielding a hard fragrant wood; bark yields a resin used in varnishes


  1. sandaracnoun

    realgar; red sulphide of arsenic.

  2. sandaracnoun

    A white or yellow resin obtained from a Barbary tree (Callitris quadrivalvis or Thuya articulata), and pulverized for pounce; probably so called from a resemblance to the mineral.

  3. sandaracnoun

    Any tree from the genus Tetraclinis.

  4. Etymology: sandaraca, from σανδαράκη.


  1. sandarac

    Sandarac is a resin obtained from a type of cypress tree, particularly the Tetraclinis articulata, native to the western Mediterranean region. It is often used in manufacturing varnishes, lacquers, inks, and perfumes. Alternatively, it can refer to the tree itself.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sandaracnoun

    realgar; red sulphide of arsenic

  2. Sandaracnoun

    a white or yellow resin obtained from a Barbary tree (Callitris quadrivalvis or Thuya articulata), and pulverized for pounce; -- probably so called from a resemblance to the mineral

  3. Etymology: [L. sandaraca, Gr. .]


  1. Sandarac

    Sandarac is a resin obtained from the small cypress-like tree Tetraclinis articulata. The tree is native to the northwest of Africa with a notable presence in the Southern Morocco part of the Atlas mountains. The resin exudes naturally on the stems of the tree. It is also obtained by making cuts on the bark. It solidifies when exposed to the air. It comes to commerce in the form of small solid chips, translucent, and having a delicate yellow tinge. Morocco has been the main place of origin of sandarac. A similar resin is obtained in southern Australia from some species of the Australian cypress-like trees Callitris, but the resin has not been systematically collected in Australia. Historically, especially in the Late Medieval and Renaissance era, sandarac was used to make varnish. When "varnish" was spoken of in Renaissance Italy it usually meant sandarac. Copal and other resins displaced it as equally good, less expensive varnishing materials. Nevertheless the sandarac varnish is still valued today for use as a protective coating on paintings and antiques. It gives a coat which is hard, lustrous and durable. The varnish is made by melting the resin and mixing it with linseed oil. Sandarac resin melts at about 150°C. to a colourless or slightly yellow liquid. Its specific gravity is about 1.04.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sandarac

    san′da-rak, n. a friable, dry, almost transparent, tasteless, yellowish-white resin, imported from Mogador, Morocco: red sulphuret of arsenic—also San′darach.—n. San′darac-tree, a native of the mountains of Morocco. [Fr. sandaraque—L. sandaraca—Gr. sandarakē—Sans. sindūra, realgar.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sandarac in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sandarac in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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