It has a very agreeable aromatic odor, somewhat like camphor, and the taste is described as warm, bitterish and camphoraceous.
The root is thick, branching and mucilaginous, and has a warm, bitter taste and a camphoraceous odour.
Bad specimens have a camphoraceous smell and a brownish colour, and lack the pungent taste.
They have a camphoraceous odor and bitter, aromatic taste, reminding one of that of Aristolochia Serpentaria.
substance extensively used in medicine, early 14c., caumfre, from Old French camphre, from Medieval Latin camfora, from Arabic kafur, perhaps via Sanskrit karpuram, from Malay kapur "camphor tree." Related: Camphorated.
camphor cam·phor (kām'fər)
An aromatic crystalline compound obtained from the wood or leaves of the camphor tree or synthesized and used as an insect repellent and in external preparations to relieve mild pain and itching.