Camphor Definition

A volatile, crystalline ketone, C10H16O, with a strong characteristic odor, derived from the wood of the camphor tree or synthetically from pinene: used to protect fabrics from moths, in manufacturing cellulose plastics, and in medicine as an irritant and stimulant.
Webster's New World
Any of several derivatives of terpenes.
Webster's New World

Origin of Camphor

  • From Old French camphore or Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic كافور (kāfūr), from Middle Persian (kāpūr), ultimately from Malay kapur, possibly via Sanskrit कर्पुर (karpura).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English caumfre from Anglo-Norman from Medieval Latin camphora from Arabic kāfūr possibly from Malay kapur Sanskrit karpūraḥ

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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