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A fragrant white or colorless crystalline ketone, C10H16O, obtained naturally from the wood of the camphor tree or synthesized from pinene and used as an insect repellent, in the manufacture of film, plastics, lacquers, and in medicine chiefly in external preparations to relieve mild pain and itching.

[Middle English caumfre, from Anglo-Norman, from Medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, possibly from Malay kapur; akin to Sanskrit karpūraḥ.]

cam′phor·a′ceous (kăm′fə-rā′shəs) adj.
cam·phor′ic (-fôr′ĭk) adj.


similar to camphor
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Adj.1.camphoraceous - being or having the properties of camphor; "camphoraceous odor"
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After the extraction, the oil is colorless to slightly yellow with fine fragrance oil, camphoraceous and cineole-like (VERNIN & METZGER, 1986).
It is a colorless liquid with a camphoraceous odour.
Oregano: Somewhat musty aromatic, camphoraceous with some astringency.