Definition of Macassar in English:

Macassar

Line breaks: Ma¦cas|sar
Pronunciation: /məˈkasə
 
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noun

  • 1 (also Macassar oil) [mass noun] A kind of oil formerly used by men to make their hair shine and lie flat.
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    • Every morning he donned white satin gloves with pearl buttons at the wrists, and by noon they were spotted with dirt and Macassar oil and crushed lice.
    • I remember these still being used in the homes of my older relatives in the 1960s, although no one wore Macassar oil in those days.
    • It is thought to have a tonic effect on the scalp; it was used as an ingredient in a hair preparation known as "Macassar" oil in the Victorian period.

Origin

mid 17th century: earlier form of Makassar. The oil was originally represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar.

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