safrole

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. saffron,
  2. safi,
  3. safid rud,
  4. safranin,
  5. safranine,
  6. saft,
  7. sag,
  8. sag bag,
  9. sag harbor,
  10. sag rod

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

Origin of safrole

First recorded in 1865–70; (sas)safr(as) + -ole2

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British Dictionary definitions for safrole

safrole

/ (ˈsæfrəʊl) /

noun

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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