a whitish, translucent, crystalline, pleasant-odored terpene ketone, C 10 H 16 O, obtained from the camphor tree, used chiefly in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a counter-irritant for infections and in the treatment of pain and itching. any substance having medicinal or aromatic characteristics similar to those of camphor. Historical Examples Ginseng […]
Italian, Spanish. a cemetery.
of, relating to, or characterized by camp: a campy send-up of romantic operetta. Contemporary Examples RuPaul Picks Favorite All-Star Drag Race Looks Maria Elena Fernandez October 18, 2012 Play Offense, Obama! Michael Tomasky May 12, 2013 Will ‘Avatar’ Actress Zoe Saldana Play Legendary Singer Nina Simone? Karu F. Daniels August 22, 2012 Hey! Some People […]
of, relating to, or characterized by camp: a campy send-up of romantic operetta. Contemporary Examples Brian Bedford Interviewed on The Importance of Being Earnest Kevin Sessums January 21, 2011 adjective (informal) campier, campiest effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc relating to or considered characteristic of homosexuals consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when […]