Definition of camphor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkæmfə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæmfər//
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a white substance with a strong smell, used in medicine, for making plastics and to keep insects away from clothes Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French camphore or medieval Latin camphora, from Arabic kāfūr, via Malay from Sanskrit karpūra.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: camphor