camphor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camphor a resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Camphor A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, obtained from different species of the Laurus family, esp. from Cinnamomum campharathe Laurus camphora of Linnæus.). Camphor, C10H16O, is volatile and fragrant, and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic, a stimulant, or sedative.
    • Camphor originally, a gum resembling ordinary camphor, obtained from a tree (Dryobalanops aromatica formerly Dryobalanops camphora) growing in Sumatra and Borneo; now applied to its main constituent, a terpene alcohol obtainable as a white solid C10H18O, called also Borneo camphor Malay camphor Malayan camphor camphor of Borneo Sumatra camphor bornyl alcohol camphol, and borneol. The isomer from Dryobalanops is dextrorotatory; the levoratatory form is obtainable from other species of plants, and the racemic mixture may be obtained by reduction of camphor. It is used in perfumery, and for manufacture of its esters. See Borneol.
    • v. t Camphor To impregnate or wash with camphor; to camphorate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camphor A whitish, translucent, volatile substance closely related to the ethereal oils, with a tough crystalline texture, a peculiar penetrating odor, and an aromatic cooling taste, the product of various trees and plants of eastern Asia and the adjacent islands. See camphor-tree. Common or laurel camphor (C10H16O) is distilled from the wood of a lauraceous tree, Cinnamomum camphora, and is obtained in its crude state from Formosa and Japan and afterward refined by sublimation. It is of frequent use in medicine as a nervous stimulant and antispasmodic in typhoid and hysterical states.
    • camphor To impregnate or wash with camphor; camphorate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camphor kam′for a solid essential oil, mostly obtained from the camphor laurel of India, China, and Japan, having a peculiar hot aromatic taste and a pleasant smell
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. camfere, F. camphre,cf. It. canfora, Sp. camfora, alcanfor, LL. canfora, camphora, NGr. kafoyra`), fr. Ar. kāfūr, prob. fr. Skr. karpūra,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. camphre—Low L. camphora—Malay kapur, chalk.

Usage

In literature:

Hot camphorated oil rubbed over the neck and chest aids recovery.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
But methinks I scent the cloth of the cleric, and I am sure I detect the camphor wherein furs have lain all summer.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
Camphor, for mosquitoes, 102.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
For Food and Medicines John Toffey offered at this time codfish, coffee, souchong tea, crackers, castor oil, camphor gum, Epsom salts.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
To keep them from the garments, take them late in the spring, when not worn, and put them in a chest, with considerable camphor gum.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Camphorated vaseline is especially good for this.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The odour of camphor came out and smote his sense of smell.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Try putting broken camphor into their holes; they dislike the smell.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Cologne, camphor and ammonia should also be in the rooms for use in cases of sudden faintness.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Beat an ounce of camphor in a mortar, with two ounces of Florence oil, till the camphor is entirely dissolved.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Bottle it, and to every bottle add a quarter of an ounce of camphor, beaten very fine.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Assafoetida and camphor were useful, and were administered in boluses.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
If no cavity is found, soak a piece of cotton in camphor and apply it to the outside of the gum.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Good Mrs. Lockitt hurried up stairs as fast as she could with camphor, ice water, and everything else she could think of good for fainting.
"Red, White, Blue Socks. Part Second" by Sarah L. Barrow
Got to air the camphor out of the false hair, eh?
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
The strength may be sustained by coffee or camphor.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
She put string round our neck for chills and fever, with camphor on it.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He would have been awfully cut only he had father's overcoat on (one of father's old coats, we got it out of the camphor chest).
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
The fourth condition is that a suitable lubricant be used; a strong solution of camphor in oil of turpentine is perhaps the most suitable.
"A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing" by Bernard D. Bolas
Besides this, some of us had carbon balls and camphor in our pockets.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
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In poetry:

Snippets and odd ends folded by, forgotten,
With camphor on a top shelf, hard to find,
Now wake to this most happy resurrection,
To Dinda playing toss with a reel of cotton
And staring at the blind.
"The Patchwork Bonnet" by Robert Graves

In news:

Smell of Camphor , Fragrance of Jasmine (NR).
Sacramento landmark camphor tree's farewell set for Tuesday.
The massive camphor tree planted in 1886 at 18th Street and Capitol Avenue must be taken down Wednesday, so neighborhood groups and restaurants will say goodbye Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento landmark camphor tree 's farewell set for Tuesday.
Lip Balm s with Camphor and Menthol.
Camphor and menthol in medicated lip balm s act as a mild topical anesthesia to soothe irritated lips.
The 70 minute film is followed by a discussion led by Rev Kathy Dickriede, Missionary to Camphor Mission, Liberia.
So-called "organic" polishes eliminate two more dangerous substance: formaldehyde resin and camphor.
Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine.
Those that smell like nutmeg or camphor or caraway — you can fill a whole garden with thymes without ever getting bored.
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In science:

The typical representatives of these crystals are α-quartz, cinnabar, tellurium, selen, camphor and benzil.
The Revised Quantum Mechanical Theory of the Optical Activity of Crystals
Camphor is the exception because its molecules are optically active.
The Revised Quantum Mechanical Theory of the Optical Activity of Crystals
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