A name that has been given to several Copal resins, usually soft, low, quality resins containing embedded insects or vegetation. Most often, anime refers to the resin obtained from the Hymenaea courbaril trees of South America. Confusingly, the name 'gum anime' has also been used for the hard, semi-fossilized, high-quality Zanzibar copal. Anime has been used for making varnishes and scenting pastilles.
Synonyms and Related Terms
goma anime (Esp.); animé; gum anime; anime copal; animi; Zanzibar gum; gum Zanzibar
Usually soluble in alcohols. Most copals fluoresce white in short-wave UV light.
Hazards and Safety
Combustible, burning with a bright flame and dense smoke.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 227
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Website address 1 Comment: "Copal of Zanzibar" at www.carriagemuseumlibrary.org/copal_zanzibar.htm