a white, waxy, crystalline alcohol, CHOH, obtained from oil of peppermint and used to add pungency to medicine, cosmetics, cigarettes, etc.
Origin of mentholGerman ; from Classical Latin mentha, mint + -ol, -ol
A fragrant white crystalline organic compound, C10H20O, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized. It is used in perfumes, in cigarettes, as a mild topical anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring.
Origin of mentholGerman, from Latin menta, mentha, mint; see mint2.