a clear, colorless oil, CHCHOCH, found in sassafras oil, camphor wood, etc., and used in perfumes, medicines, flavors, etc.: toxic when ingested and regarded as a possible carcinogen, its use in foods and beverages is forbidden in the U.S.
Origin of safroleFrench safran, saffron + -ole, for -ol
A colorless or pale yellow oily liquid, C10H10O2, derived from oil of sassafras and other essential oils and used in making perfume and soap. Safrole was banned as a food additive in the United States because it is a suspected carcinogen.
Origin of safroleFrench safran, saffron; see saffron + –ole.
(countable and uncountable, plural safroles)
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