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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. 2018.
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  • On Wednesday night the Wildcat soused himself with bay rum and musk.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • 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
  • It is a plot to drive me to bay rum and a monologueing, thumb-handed barber.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
  • But Callahan had abandoned the use of bay rum after shaving.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • The inside of the hog is washed with bay rum, and sweet majorum is put in.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun

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

  • "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
  • 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
  • The refreshing perfume known as bay rum is prepared by distilling the leaves of this tree with rum.

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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