safrole

[saf-rohl]
noun Chemistry.
a colorless or faintly yellow liquid, C 1 0 H 1 0 O 2 , obtained from sassafras oil or the like: used chiefly in perfumery, for flavoring, and in the manufacture of soaps.
Also, safrol [saf-rawl, -rohl] .


Origin:
1865–70; (sas)safr(as) + -ole

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safrole (ˈsæfrəʊl)
 
n
a colourless or yellowish oily water-insoluble liquid present in sassafras and camphor oils and used in soaps and perfumes. Formula: C10H10O2
 
[C19: from (sas)safr(as) + -ole1]

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They gave tons of pure safrole to rats, and the rats got cancer.
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