an archaic name for henna (def. 1), henna (def. 2)

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Examples from the Web for camphire

Historical Examples of camphire

  • Jewels fit for an emperor, perfumes like a very grove of camphire.

    Two Penniless Princesses

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • You are all camphire and frankincense, all chastity and odour.

    The Way of the World

    William Congreve

  • I have yet to see the Eskimo who is like a bunch of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • Fifty thousand drachms of the best wood of aloes, with thirty grains of camphire as big as pistachios.

  • And camphire has been frequently found serviceable in excessive ferocity and want of sleep.

    Medica Sacra

    Richard Mead