Sandarac

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sandarac

[′san·də‚rak]
(mineralogy)

Sandarac

 

a yellow resin obtained by tapping sandarac trees of the family Cupressaceae (cypresses), including Callitris preissi (Australia) and Tetraclinis articulata (North Africa). Sandarac yields a colorless alcoholic lacquer used for coating pictures and impregnating cardboard; the lacquer is also used in photography and in dentistry.