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