Definition of sal in English:


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Pronunciation: /sɑːl


  • A North Indian tree which yields teak-like timber and dammar resin.
    • Shorea robusta, family Dipterocarpaceae
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    • In one much celebrated case, tribals demolished a plantation of teak, a highly prized furniture wood, that was coming up on land previously under the sal tree, a species of far greater benefit to the local economy.
    • Buddha was born as his mother grasped the branch of a sal tree, and he achieved Enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree.
    • Thus previously authoritarian government officials joined with previously suspicious villagers to successfully regenerate the degraded sal forests of southwestern Bengal.


late 18th century: from Hindi sāl.

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