Resin from any of a number of tropical trees, used to make varnish.
- The resin is obtained from trees in the families Leguminosae (genera Guibourtia, Copaifera, and Trachylobium) and Araucariaceae (genus Agathis).
- In one culture a shaman uses tobacco, sage or cannabis, in others copal, frankincense, sandalwood, cedar, juniper or pine.
- Her breath reeked of scalded sugar, copal, and agave.
- The book begins by defining amber and differentiating it from copal or more recent and, as yet, undistilled resin.
Late 16th century: via Spanish from Nahuatl copalli 'incense'.
Words that rhyme with copalConstantinople, nopal, opal, Opel
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