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Origin of oil of cade

First recorded in 1875–80

cade1

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noun
  1. a juniper, Juniperus oxycedrus, of the Mediterranean area, whose wood on destructive distillation yields an oily liquid (oil of cade), used in treating skin diseases.
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Origin of cade1

1565–75; < Middle French < Provençal; akin to Late Latin catanum; perhaps originally a plant name in a substratum language of the Alps and Pyrenees
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British Dictionary definitions for oil of cade

cade1

noun
  1. a juniper tree, Juniperus oxycedrus of the Mediterranean region, the wood of which yields an oily brown liquid (oil of cade) used to treat skin ailments
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Word Origin

C16: via Old French from Old Provençal, from Medieval Latin catanus

cade2

adjective
  1. (of a young animal) left by its mother and reared by humans, usually as a pet
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Word Origin

C15: of unknown origin

Cade

noun
  1. Jack. died 1450, English leader of the Kentish rebellion against the misgovernment of Henry VI (1450)
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Word Origin and History for oil of cade

cade

adj.

"pet, tame," mid-15c., used in reference to young animals abandoned by their mothers and brought up by hand; of unknown origin.

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