Definition of “camphor” - English Dictionary

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“camphor” in British English

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camphornoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkæm.fər/ us /ˈkæm.fɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Amanda had run into her own room for the camphor bottle. 
  • As soon as death occurs the corpse is bathed, clothed and smeared with a mixture of powdered sandalwood, camphor and spices. 
  • Camphor has been used as a refreshing tonic in Eastern medicine. 
  • Camphor placed in drawers or trunks will prevent mice from doing them injury. 
  • The bodies of their kings are embalmed with aloes and camphor. 

(Definition of “camphor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“camphor” in American English

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camphornoun [ U ]

us /ˈkæm·fər/

a white substance with a strong smell which is used in medicine and to keep moths (= flying insects) away from clothes that are stored

(Definition of “camphor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)