- 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.
Origin of camphor
Examples from the Web for camphor
Imperial Kitchen, a restaurant in Hong Kong, makes my favorite version: smoked Peking duck with camphor wood spices.Fresh Picks
December 8, 2009
Dissolve in the mixture three quarters of an ounce of yellow wax, and one dram of camphor, stirring the whole well together.
A room gloomy with black walnut and fragrant with camphor was dimly visible.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
The beds were not made, and a strong odor of valerian and camphor flooded the air.Melomaniacs
Assafœtida and camphor were useful, and were administered in boluses.
In the air there was a faint odor of skins, dried herbs, sandalwood, and camphor.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- 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
Word Origin and History for camphor
substance extensively used in medicine, early 14c., caumfre, from Old French camphre, from Medieval Latin camfora, from Arabic kafur, perhaps via Sanskrit karpuram, from Malay kapur "camphor tree." Related: Camphorated.
- An aromatic crystalline compound obtained from the wood or leaves of the camphor tree or synthesized and used as an insect repellent and in external preparations to relieve mild pain and itching.
- 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.