sassafras oil

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sassafras oil oil from root bark of sassafras trees; used in perfumery and as a disinfectant
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sassafras oil a volatile aromatic oil distilled from the sassafras
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sassafras—Sp. sasafras—L. saxifragasaxum, a stone, frangĕre, to break.

Usage

In literature:

Carbonate of potassa, twenty grains; milk of almonds, three ounces; oil of sassafras, three drops.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Spirits of naphtha froze at 54 degrees below zero, and oil of sassafras at 49 degrees.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
Oil Sassafras, one oz.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
But enlighten me upon a puzzling point, Sir Henry: What do you use coriander and oil of sassafras for in a stable?
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Take the castor sacks of one beaver, add 7 drops of oil sassafras, 7 drops Anise, 10 drops oil from the oil stone.
"Steel Traps" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Sulphuric ether, nitric acid, oil of sassafras, and other limpid fluids, have been employed for thermometers.
"A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments" by Henry Negretti
Oil of sassafras distilled from the bark of the roots is used for perfuming soaps and flavoring medicines.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
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