camphor

noun

cam·​phor ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio)
: a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used as a liniment and mild topical analgesic in medicine, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent
also : any of several similar compounds (such as some terpene alcohols and ketones)
camphoraceous adjective

Examples of camphor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spices are half the transformation: ginger, allspice and cumin, built to warm; thyme, with its kiss of camphor; bay leaves for a piney depth. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The handmade cube contains all-natural menthol, wintergreen, and camphor. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Last year’s wet winter brought the camphor back to life after years of drought killed it. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2024 The menthol crystals, eucalyptus and camphor oils provide an immediate soothing feel, which persists as the CBD absorbs into your muscles. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 29 Oct. 2020 By blending 13 essential oils and botanicals, including peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, hemp oil, and camphor, this balm works synergistically to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 Some people add camphor to the oil before applying it to the skin. Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 29 June 2023 For example, Hawaii, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands all have bans on sunscreens that include ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, homosalate, 4-methyl benzylidene camphor, Triclosan, parabens, nanoparticles, and microplastics. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 2 May 2023 When making bitters, Capparelli said that either English or French lavender could work, although French lavender will have a stronger taste that is more camphor heavy, compared to the English lavender that is more herbal and on the lighter end of floral. oregonlive, 21 July 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English caumfre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, from Malay kapur

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camphor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Camphor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camphor. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

camphor

noun
cam·​phor ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio)
: a tough gummy fragrant compound obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used in medicine and as an insect repellent

Medical Definition

camphor

noun
cam·​phor ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio)
: a tough gummy volatile aromatic crystalline compound C10H16O obtained especially from the wood and bark of the camphor tree and used topically as a liniment and mild analgesic, as a plasticizer, and as an insect repellent
also : any of several similar compounds (as some terpene alcohols and ketones)
camphoric adjective

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