Definition of camphor in English:

camphor

Line breaks: cam|phor
Pronunciation: /ˈkamfə
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A white volatile crystalline substance with an aromatic smell and bitter taste, occurring in certain essential oils.
    • A terpenoid ketone; chemical formula: C10H17O
    More example sentences
    • This treatment is a solution of camphor, nitrogen, ammonium salts and ethanol.
    • We suspect that the aromatic oils, camphor, menthol and eucalyptol, are responsible for the relief.
    • Farjami, oppressed by the smell of camphor, which is used in the preparation of the body for burial, reminisces about the smell of jasmine, which brings to mind spring and fresh beginnings.

Derivatives

camphoric

Pronunciation: /-ˈfɒrɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • It is grown in Java and Malaysia, and has a somewhat camphoric flavor.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French camphore or medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, via Malay from Sanskrit karpūra.

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