camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Definition of camphor

: 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)

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Other Words from camphor

camphoraceous \ ˌkam(p)-​fə-​ˈrā-​shəs How to pronounce camphor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of camphor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand's Rescue Mask provides a mixture of almond, honey, and caolin clay to cleanse the pores, while camphor extract reduces skin’s inflammation. Akili King, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Finally, it's smoked in a gentle camphor wood fire, with a chef having to change the wood midway through the process. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 23 May 2021 The vega brand also makes polish without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, DBP, xylene, parabens, or animal ingredients. Julie Loffredi, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 The vendor has other unique blends, like a candle that includes camphor (a type of evergreen), citrus and berry fragrances. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 The vendor has other unique blends, like a candle that includes camphor (a type of evergreen), citrus and berry fragrances. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 The vendor has other unique blends, like a candle that includes camphor (a type of evergreen), citrus and berry fragrances. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 The vendor has other unique blends, like a candle that includes camphor (a type of evergreen), citrus and berry fragrances. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 The vendor has other unique blends, like a candle that includes camphor (a type of evergreen), citrus and berry fragrances. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of camphor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camphor

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

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“Camphor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camphor. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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camphor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of camphor

: a white substance with a strong smell that is used in medicine and to keep insects away

camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Kids Definition of camphor

: a white fragrant solid that comes from the wood and bark of a tall Asian tree ( camphor tree ) and is used mostly in medicine, in making plastics, and to repel moths

camphor

noun
cam·​phor | \ ˈkam(p)-fər How to pronounce camphor (audio) \

Medical Definition of camphor

: 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)

Other Words from camphor

camphoric \ kam-​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfär-​ How to pronounce camphor (audio) \ adjective

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