Definition of dammar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdamə/
(also damar)


[mass noun]
Resin obtained from any of a number of tropical, chiefly Indo-Malaysian trees, used to make varnish.
  • The resin is obtained from trees in the families Araucariaceae (genus Agathis), Dipterocarpaceae (genera Hopea, Shorea, and Vatica), and Burseraceae (genus Canarium).
Example sentences
  • Acrylic and ketone resins are used in place of the traditional dammar, mastic, and copal resins for the manufacture of many oil painting media and picture varnishes.
  • The native Dayaks use damar (resin collected from the trees) for lamp fuel.
  • Using the ancient method of encaustic painting, Berger combines a rich blend of raw pigment, liquid wax and dammar crystals, which she burns on the surface.


Late 17th century: from Malay damar 'resin'.

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