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bay rum

a fragrant liquid used chiefly as an aftershaving lotion, prepared by distilling the leaves of the tropical American bay, Pimenta racemosa, with rum or by mixing oil from the leaves with alcohol, water, and other oils.
Origin of bay rum
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • From one of these he bought two cases of bay rum, paying twenty cents a quart for it.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • It is a plot to drive me to bay rum and a monologueing, thumb-handed barber.

    The Trimmed Lamp O. Henry
  • "But bay rum is five cents extra with a hair cut," whispered the barber.

  • bay rum six ounces, aromatic spirits of ammonia half an ounce, bergamot oil six drops.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • There is one point on which you are independent: you will not have the bay rum; you are a teetotaller.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • Take a pint of alcohol, half pint of bay rum, and half an ounce of spirits of ammonia, and one dram of salts tartar.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • On Wednesday night the Wildcat soused himself with bay rum and musk.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The refreshing perfume known as bay rum is prepared by distilling the leaves of this tree with rum.

  • "But the bay rum is used only on the outside of the head," said the barber.

  • I never did see why bay rum smells so much better than drinkin rum.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for bay rum

bay rum

an aromatic liquid, used in medicines and cosmetics, originally obtained by distilling the leaves of the bayberry tree (Pimenta racemosa) with rum: now also synthesized from alcohol, water, and various oils
bay rum tree, another name for bayberry (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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