camphor

noun
cam·phor | \ˈkam(p)-fər \

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 \ adjective

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Classic Japanese materials such as camphor wood, washi paper and stone are blended to great effect with modern technology and luxurious fabrics. Scott Gilman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Japan," 5 Oct. 2016 Esthetician and skin-care expert Renée Rouleau recommends using a mask with ingredients like sulfur, camphor, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and clay, like her Rapid Response Detox Masque. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Bacne: Acne Tips and Tricks," 1 June 2018 Volunteers in Santee planted live oaks, camphor and Arizona ash trees. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tree planting in Santee takes root," 23 Apr. 2018 The shade, named for the flowering shrub, gives just a pop of color and is eight-free — no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, camphor, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate and parabens — vegan and cruelty free. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Eyecatchers," 22 Mar. 2018 Once the whitehead has been manually removed before bed, Renée says to treat the area with an overnight topical product, like her Nighttime Spot Lotion, which contains sulfur, zinc oxide, and camphor, to further remove any infection in the follicle. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "Here's Exactly How to Get Rid of a Zit... Fast," 7 Mar. 2018 The crews were targeting about a dozen trees in the uplands, including towering camphors. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Park's Mead Botanical Gardens undergoes native-plant makeover," 20 Feb. 2018 The camphors, native to China, have become a popular shade tree in Winter Park and are found in yards across the city as well as in Central Park, the city’s Urban Forestry Manager Dru Dennison said. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Winter Park's Mead Botanical Gardens undergoes native-plant makeover," 20 Feb. 2018 Because of its resistance to insects, pleasing grain pattern and scent, camphor has long been used for furniture to store clothing. Carolyn Patten | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "German beer stein, British war medals and more: What are they worth?," 1 Feb. 2018

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

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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 \

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 \

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- \ adjective

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