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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bay rum

  • He plastered it down with bay-rum till the family begged for mercy from the smell.

    Chicken Little Jane|Lily Munsell Ritchie
  • He entered when Matthews was rising, all redolent of bay-rum, and surveyed the latter in mock amaze.

    The Plow-Woman|Eleanor Gates
  • The fumes of bay-rum and stale beer struggled for supremacy.

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 (def. 2)

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