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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.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley
North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826 Various
The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido Henry Keppel
A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865 Various

a whitish crystalline aromatic terpene ketone obtained from the wood of the camphor tree or made from pinene: used in the manufacture of celluloid and in medicine as a liniment and treatment for colds. Formula: C10H16O
A white, gumlike, crystalline compound that has a strong odor. Camphor is volatile and is used as an insect repellent and in making plastics and explosives. Chemical formula: C10H16O.


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