meaning of camphor

camphor meaning in General Dictionary

To impregnate or clean with camphor to camphorate

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  • A tough white fragrant resin or gum gotten from different species of the Laurus household esp from Cinnamomum camphara the Laurus camphora of Linnaeligus Camphor C10H16O is volatile and fragrant and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic a stimulant or sedative
  • a resin acquired through the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment
  • A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, received from various types of the Laurus family members, esp. from Cinnamomum camphara (the Laurus camphara of Linnaeus.). Camphor, C10H16O, is volatile and fragrant, and is found in medication as a diaphoretic, a stimulant, or sedative.
  • A gum resembling ordinary camphor, acquired from a tree (Dryobalanops camphora) growing in Sumatra and Borneo; -- called also Malay camphor, camphor of Borneo, or borneol. See Borneol.
  • To impregnate or clean with camphor; to camphorate.

camphor meaning in Etymology Dictionary

substance extensively utilized in medication, very early 14c., caumfre, from Old French camphre, from Medieval Latin camfora, from Arabic kafur, perhaps via Sanskrit karpuram, from Malay kapur "camphor tree." Relevant: Camphorated.

Sentence Examples with the word camphor

The Malays also work jungle produce, of which the most important are gutta, rattans, agila wood, camphor wood, and the beautiful kamuning wood which is used by the natives for the hilts of their weapons.

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