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[bawr-nee-awl, -ol] /ˈbɔr niˌɔl, -ˌɒl/
noun, Chemistry.
a white, translucent, lumpy, very slightly water-soluble, solid terpene alcohol, C 10 H 18 O, occurring in various isomeric forms, having a burning, mintlike taste, obtained from the trunk of a tree, Dryobalanops aromatica, or by the reduction of camphor: used in the form of its esters in the manufacture of synthetic camphor and in perfumery.
Also called Borneo camphor, bornyl alcohol, camphol, Malayan camphor, Sumatra camphor.
Origin of borneol
1875-80; Borne(o) + -ol1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for borneol


a white solid terpene alcohol extracted from the Malaysian tree Dryobalanops aromatica, used in perfume and in the manufacture of organic esters. Formula: C10H17OH Also called bornyl alcohol
Word Origin
C19: from Borne(o) + -ol1
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