[ saf-rohl ]
/ ˈsæf roʊl /

noun Chemistry.

a colorless or faintly yellow liquid, C10H10O2, obtained from sassafras oil or the like: used chiefly in perfumery, for flavoring, and in the manufacture of soaps.


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Also saf·rol [saf-rawl, -rohl] /ˈsæf rɔl, -roʊl/.

Origin of safrole

First recorded in 1865–70; (sas)safr(as) + -ole2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for safrole

/ (ˈsæfrəʊl) /


a colourless or yellowish oily water-insoluble liquid present in sassafras and camphor oils and used in soaps and perfumes. Formula: C 10 H 10 O 2

Word Origin for safrole

C19: from (sas) safr (as) + -ole 1
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