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sal

Syllabification: sal

Definition of sal in English:

noun

A northern Indian tree that yields teaklike timber and dammar resin. It is the most commercially important source of timber in India.
  • Shorea robusta, family Dipterocarpaceae
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 18th century: from Hindi sāl.

Words that rhyme with sal

Al, bacchanal, cabal, canal, Chagall, Chantal, chaparral, gal, grand mal, Guadalcanál, Hal, La Salle, mall, Natal, pal, pall-mall, petit mal, shall, Val

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