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copal Syllabification: co·pal
Pronunciation: /ˈkōpəl/

Definition of copal in English:


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)
Example sentences
  • 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 copal

Constantinople, nopal, opal, Opel
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