[kam-feen, kam-feen]
  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

1835–45; < New Latin camph(ora) camphor + -ene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for camphene

Historical Examples of camphene

  • "And it was as strong as camphene," said Lynch, as he tumbled into bed.

    Dikes and Ditches

    Oliver Optic

  • With the appearance of kerosene distilled from petroleum the camphene lamp came into use.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • Camphene will extract grease and clean ribbons without changing the color of most things.

    Our Deportment

    John H. Young

  • Rub the spots of mortar with a stiff brush dipped in sharp, hot vinegar, and paint spots with burning fluid or camphene and sand.

    The Young Housekeeper's Friend

    Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius

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

    Plane and Plank

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for camphene


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

Word Origin for camphene

C19: from camph (or) + -ene
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