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Macassar oil

  1. an oil derived from materials said to be obtained from Macassar, formerly used as a hairdressing.
  2. 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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Historical Examples of macassar oil

  • Macassar-oil, ma-kas′ar-oil, n. an oil much used for the hair, imported from India and other Eastern countries.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for macassar oil

Macassar oil

  1. an oily preparation formerly put on the hair to make it smooth and shiny
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Word Origin for Macassar oil

C19: so called because its ingredients were originally claimed to have come from Makassar
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