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Macassar oil

noun
1.
an oil derived from materials said to be obtained from Macassar, formerly used as a hairdressing.
2.
a similar oil or preparation for the hair.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
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Macassar oil

noun
1.
an oily preparation formerly put on the hair to make it smooth and shiny
Word Origin
C19: so called because its ingredients were originally claimed to have come from Makassar
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Word Origin and History for macassar-oil
Macassar oil
1809, hair tonic originally advertised as made from materials obtained from Macassar, name of a district on the island of Celebes (modern Sulawesi).
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