Definition of sal in English:
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
- 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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