Definition of Macassar in English:

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Macassar

Pronunciation: /məˈkasər/

noun

1 (also Macassar oil) A kind of oil formerly used, especially by men, to make one’s hair shine and lie flat.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 variant spelling of Makassar.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: Ma·cas·sar

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