One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The timber of the red sandalwood, from which a red dye is obtained.
This timber is obtained from Pterocarpus santalinus, family Leguminosae
- ‘Red sanders is endemic to the Seshachalam hill ranges spread over Chittoor, Cuddapah and partly in Nellore and Kurnool districts.’
- ‘The area once rich with red sanders, sandalwood and teak trees, deer, boars, wild sheep and tigers, was widely plundered before it was declared a reserve forest.’
- ‘Under India's Foreign Trade Policy, exports of red sanders are prohibited and the logs were seized under the Customs Act of 1962.’
Middle English: from Old French sandre, variant of sandle ‘sandalwood’.
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