bay rum


Definition of bay rum

: a fragrant liquid used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes that was originally prepared by distilling a liquid containing leaves of the bay-rum tree macerated in rum but is now usually prepared from by mixing alcohol and water with the essential oils from the bay-rum tree along with other aromatic oils (such as the oil from allspice or cloves)

Examples of bay rum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the shelf below the mirror are combs soaking in blue disinfectant and old-time tonics and elixirs, including Clubman Aftershave, bay rum and talc. John Maccormack,, "After 70 years, San Antonio barber says it’s time to hang up his shears," 16 Mar. 2020 Her kitchen always smelled like fried meat and café, her bedroom a blend of Maja soap, bay rum, and Bal à Versailles perfume. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of bay rum

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Bay rum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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