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 for Copal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Copal \Co"pal\ (k[=o]"pal; 277), [Sp., fr. Mexican copalli, a
     generic name of resins. --Clavigero.]
     A resinous substance flowing spontaneously from trees of
     Zanzibar, Madagascar, and South America ({Trachylobium
     Hornemannianum, Trachylobium verrucosum, and Hymen[ae]a
     Courbaril), and dug from earth where forests have stood in
     Africa; -- used chiefly in making varnishes. --Ure.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  copal
      n 1: a brittle aromatic resin used in varnishes

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