sassafras oil

  1. a yellowish or reddish-yellow, aromatic volatile oil distilled from sassafras root, used in flavoring, perfumery, and medicine.

Origin of sassafras oil

First recorded in 1790–1800

Words Nearby sassafras oil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sassafras oil in a sentence

  • The production of sassafras oil is perhaps the largest industry dependent upon this tree.

    American Forest Trees | Henry H. Gibson
  • sassafras oil, distilled from the bark of Sassafras officinalis, and obtained chiefly from America.

  • It is sold as an artificial sassafras oil, and is very much used in perfuming cheap toilet or household soaps.

  • Safrol, an ether which is the chief constituent of sassafras oil, and also found in considerable quantity in camphor oil.

British Dictionary definitions for sassafras oil

sassafras oil

  1. a clear volatile oil that is extracted from the root of the sassafras tree and contains camphor, pinene, and safrole

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