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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.
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Adj.1.camphoraceous - being or having the properties of camphor; "camphoraceous odor"
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Artemisia annua is also valued for its essential oil of which the characteristic sweet aroma has been described as grassy, fresh, and bitter with a camphoraceous nuance.
For characteristic pleasant and long lasting woody and camphoraceous odor, patchouli oil is appreciated and very suitable for the utilization of decorative cosmetics, fragrances, shampoo, toilet soaps, and other toiletries as well as noncosmetic products such as household cleaners and detergents [2, 3].
After the extraction, the oil is colorless to slightly yellow with fine fragrance oil, camphoraceous and cineole-like (VERNIN & METZGER, 1986).