[bawr-nee-awl, -ol]

noun Chemistry.

a white, translucent, lumpy, very slightly water-soluble, solid terpene alcohol, C10H18O, occurring in various isomeric forms, having a burning, mintlike taste, obtained from the trunk of a tree, Dryobalanops aromatica, or by the reduction of camphor: used in the form of its esters in the manufacture of synthetic camphor and in perfumery.

Nearby words

  1. born-free,
  2. borna disease,
  3. borne,
  4. bornean,
  5. borneo,
  6. bornholm,
  7. bornholm disease,
  8. bornholm disease virus,
  9. bornite,
  10. bornitic

Origin of borneol

First recorded in 1875–80; Borne(o) + -ol1

Also called Borneo camphor, bornyl alcohol, camphol, Malayan camphor, Sumatra camphor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for borneol



a white solid terpene alcohol extracted from the Malaysian tree Dryobalanops aromatica, used in perfume and in the manufacture of organic esters. Formula: C 10 H 17 OHAlso called: bornyl alcohol

Word Origin for borneol

C19: from Borne (o) + -ol 1

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