an oil derived from materials said to be obtained from Macassar, formerly used as a hairdressing.
a similar oil or preparation for the hair.
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Origin of Macassar oil
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for macassar oil
Macassar-oil, ma-kas′ar-oil, n. an oil much used for the hair, imported from India and other Eastern countries.
British Dictionary definitions for macassar oil
an oily preparation formerly put on the hair to make it smooth and shiny
Word Origin for Macassar oil
C19: so called because its ingredients were originally claimed to have come from Makassar
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