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English Dictionary: Menthol by the DICT Development Group
3 results for Menthol
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a crystalline compound that has the cool and minty taste and odor that occurs naturally in peppermint oil; used as a flavoring and in medicine to relieve itching, pain, and nasal congestion
  2. a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Menthol \Men"thol\, n. [Mentha + -ol.] (Chem.)
      A white, crystalline, aromatic substance resembling camphor,
      extracted from oil of peppermint ({Mentha}); -- called also
      {mint camphor} or {peppermint camphor}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Camphor \Cam"phor\, n. [OE. camfere, F. camphre (cf. It.
      camfara, Sp. camfara, alcanfor, LL. camfora, camphara, NGr.
      [?]), fr. Ar. k[be]f[d4]r, prob. fr. Skr. karp[d4]ra.]
      1. A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, obtained from
            different species of the {Laurus} family, esp. from
            {Cinnamomum camphara} (the {Laurus camphara} of
            Linn[91]us.). Camphor, {C10H16O}, is volatile and
            fragrant, and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic, a
            stimulant, or sedative.
      2. A gum resembling ordinary camphor, obtained from a tree
            ({Dryobalanops camphora}) growing in Sumatra and Borneo;
            -- called also {Malay camphor}, {camphor of Borneo}, or
            {borneol}. See {Borneol}.
      Note: The name camphor is also applied to a number of bodies
               of similar appearance and properties, as {cedar
               camphor}, obtained from the red or pencil cedar
               ({Juniperus Virginiana}), and {peppermint camphor}, or
               {menthol}, obtained from the oil of peppermint.
      {Camphor oil} (Chem.), name variously given to certain
            oil-like products, obtained especially from the camphor
      {Camphor tree}, a large evergreen tree ({Cinnamomum
            Camphora}) with lax, smooth branches and shining
            triple-nerved lanceolate leaves, probably native in China,
            but now cultivated in most warm countries. Camphor is
            collected by a process of steaming the chips of the wood
            and subliming the product.
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