oil of cade
- See under cade1.
Origin of oil of cade
First recorded in 1875–80
- a juniper, Juniperus oxycedrus, of the Mediterranean area, whose wood on destructive distillation yields an oily liquid (oil of cade), used in treating skin diseases.
Compare juniper tar.
Origin of cade1
1565–75; < Middle French < Provençal; akin to Late Latin catanum; perhaps originally a plant name in a substratum language of the Alps and Pyrenees
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- a juniper tree, Juniperus oxycedrus of the Mediterranean region, the wood of which yields an oily brown liquid (oil of cade) used to treat skin ailments
C16: via Old French from Old Provençal, from Medieval Latin catanus
- (of a young animal) left by its mother and reared by humans, usually as a pet
C15: of unknown origin
- Jack. died 1450, English leader of the Kentish rebellion against the misgovernment of Henry VI (1450)
Word Origin and History for oil of cade
"pet, tame," mid-15c., used in reference to young animals abandoned by their mothers and brought up by hand; of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper