camphene

[ kam-feen, kam-feen ]

noun
  1. a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble substance, C10H16, occurring in turpentine and many other essential oils, prepared from pinene: used chiefly as an intermediate in the manufacture of synthetic camphor.

Origin of camphene

1
1835–45; <New Latin camph(ora) camphor + -ene

Words Nearby camphene

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How to use camphene in a sentence

  • "These are very pretty lamps—I never can see by a camphene lamp," said her husband.

  • One night, while she was dressing in her private room at the theatre, a camphene lamp exploded and her face was shockingly burned.

  • A dangerous but very extensively used illuminating liquid before coal oil was discovered was camphene, distilled from turpentine.

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  • I have only one cheap drink left—one glass of camphene whiskey, which seems to burn my very soul.

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  • To complete this room, and make it look like other people's we want a piano and camphene lamps.

British Dictionary definitions for camphene

camphene

/ (ˈkæmfiːn) /


noun
  1. a colourless crystalline insoluble optically active terpene derived from pinene and present in many essential oils. Formula: C 10 H 16

Origin of camphene

1
C19: from camph (or) + -ene

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