a whitish, translucent, crystalline, pleasant-odored terpene ketone, C10H16O, obtained from the camphor tree, used chiefly in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a counter-irritant for infections and in the treatment of pain and itching.
any substance having medicinal or aromatic characteristics similar to those of camphor.
- cam·phor·a·ceous [kam-fuh-rey-shuhs], /ˌkæm fəˈreɪ ʃəs/, adjective
- cam·phor·ic [kam-fawr-ik, -for-], /kæmˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/, adjective
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How to use camphor in a sentence
Imperial Kitchen, a restaurant in Hong Kong, makes my favorite version: smoked Peking duck with camphor wood spices.
Furs should be kept in a box, alone, and in summer carefully packed, with a quantity of lump camphor to protect from moths.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
In this case, never leave home without a straw-covered bottle of brandy, and another of camphor, in your carpet-bag.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The window-curtains were presumably packed in camphor, and the dim panes suggested a cobwebbed and desolate interior.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The camphor tree grows very well here, but I do not know if the gum has ever been collected.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
The camphor tree overhead was thrown out darkly against the stars, like its own shadow.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for camphor
a whitish crystalline aromatic terpene ketone obtained from the wood of the camphor tree or made from pinene: used in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a liniment and treatment for colds. Formula: C 10 H 16 O
- camphoric (kæmˈfɒrɪk), adjective
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Scientific definitions for camphor
A white, gumlike, crystalline compound that has a strong odor. Camphor is volatile and is used as an insect repellent and in making plastics and explosives. Chemical formula: C10H16O.
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