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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.


Hymenaea courbaril (East indies), Kew 57852.TIF

Synonyms and Related Terms

goma anime (Esp.); animé; gum anime; anime copal; animi; Zanzibar gum; gum Zanzibar


Combustible, burning with a bright flame and dense smoke.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Usually soluble in alcohols. Most copals fluoresce white in short-wave UV light.

Resources and Citations

  • 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