Dammara

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dammara (Bot) A large tree of the order Conifer√¶, indigenous to the East Indies and Australasia; -- called also Agathis. There are several species.
    • n Dammara An oleoresin used in making varnishes; dammar gum; dammara resin. It is obtained from certain resin trees indigenous to the East Indies, esp. Shorea robusta and the dammar pine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dammara A genus of large diœcious coniferous trees to which the earlier name Agathis has been restored. They are natives of the East Indian islands, New Guinea, and New Zealand, have large lanceolate leathery leaves, and bear ovate or globular cones with a single laterally winged seed under each scale. There are 8 or 10 species. D. orientalis is a tall tree, attaining on the mountains of Amboyna a height of from 80 to 100 feet. Its light timber is of little value, but it yields the well-known dammar-resin. Another species is D. australis, the kauri-pine of New Zealand, which is sometimes 200 feet high, and affords a very strong and durable wood, highly esteemed for masts and the planking of vessels and for house-building, and often richly mottled. It yields a large quantity of resin, which is also found buried in large masses on sites where the tree no longer grows. Other useful species are D. obtusa of the New Hebrides, D. Moorii of New Caledonia, etc.
    • n dammara [lowercase] Same as dammar-resin.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jav. & Malay. damar,

Usage

In literature:

We were fortunate in finding in the naval yard, a spar of the New Zealand cowrie pine (dammara) large enough for our bowsprit.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Dammara ex Nova-Hollandia, Sanamundae secundae Chysii foliis.
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
Between the Dammara and the Korana a much nearer approach to Kaffre type is made than is usually supposed.
"The Ethnology of the British Colonies and Dependencies" by Robert Gordon Latham
The Dammara pine only grows on the northernmost island, and chiefly in the northern parts.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume III" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
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