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, sandal
1. any of several evergreen hemiparasitic trees of the genus Santalum, esp S. album (white sandalwood), of S Asia and Australia, having hard light-coloured heartwood: family Santalaceae
2. the wood of any of these trees, which is used for carving, is burned as incense, and yields an aromatic oil used in perfumery
3. any of various similar trees or their wood, esp Pterocarpus santalinus (red sandalwood), a leguminous tree of SE Asia having dark red wood used as a dye



a lake in the southern Karelian ASSR. Area, 152 sq km. Average depth, 12 m; maximum depth, 58 m. Located northwest of Lake Onega (with which it is linked by a canal) in a narrow basin. Since 1936, Lake Sandal has been part of the Pal’eozero Reservoir of the Kondopoga Hydroelectric Power Plant. The city of Kondopoga is near the lake.



a device for heating dwellings that was common among the sedentary population of Middle Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and other countries of the East.

A sandal is a low table placed over a depression in the earthen floor or a pan filled with hot coals; the table is then covered with a blanket. The members of the household sit around the sandal and stretch their legs under the blanket. People often spend the night around the sandal. In the Soviet Middle Asian republics, stove heating systems have almost completely replaced the sandal.

References in classic literature ?
I don't know that you can notice it, but it is evident to me that the foot inside the sandal that made these imprints were not the foot of a Negro.
This personage had the same sort of sandals with his companion, but instead of the roll of leather thong, his legs were cased in a sort of gaiters, of which one was red and the other yellow.
He did not fail to observe the curious equipages--carriages and palanquins, barrows supplied with sails, and litters made of bamboo; nor the women-- whom he thought not especially handsome--who took little steps with their little feet, whereon they wore canvas shoes, straw sandals, and clogs of worked wood, and who displayed tight-looking eyes, flat chests, teeth fashionably blackened, and gowns crossed with silken scarfs, tied in an enormous knot behind an ornament which the modern Parisian ladies seem to have borrowed from the dames of Japan.
Sandals or buskins--I could not clearly distinguish which--were on his feet; his legs were bare to the knees, and his head was bare.
So saying she bound on her glittering golden sandals, imperishable, with which she can fly like the wind over land or sea; she grasped the redoubtable bronze-shod spear, so stout and sturdy and strong, wherewith she quells the ranks of heroes who have displeased her, and down she darted from the topmost summits of Olympus, whereon forthwith she was in Ithaca, at the gateway of Ulysses' house, disguised as a visitor, Mentes, chief of the Taphians, and she held a bronze spear in her hand.
Within the cavity lay a sword, with a golden hilt, and a pair of sandals.
He therefore rose, put on his shirt, bound his sandals about his comely feet, flung the skin of a huge tawny lion over his shoulders--a skin that reached his feet--and took his spear in his hand.
Every now and then one comes across a friar of orders gray, with shaven head, long, coarse robe, rope girdle and beads, and with feet cased in sandals or entirely bare.
A pair of sandals, a leglet of goat's hair, a heavy battle-axe with a rhinoceros-horn handle, a round iron shield covered with white ox- hide, and the regulation number of /tollas/, or throwing-knives, made up his equipment, to which, however, he added his revolver.
Here he found the dust upon the floor disturbed, and the imprint of sandals.
Dainty sandals encased her feet, while a wimple of violet silk bordered in gold fringe, lay becomingly over her head and shoulders.
She hurried out of the room in the direction of the kitchen, tripped at the door in a pair of sandals several sizes too large for her feet, and disappeared in rosy confusion.