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safrole

[saf-rohl] /ˈsæf roʊl/
noun, Chemistry
1.
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] /ˈsæf rɔl, -roʊl/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; (sas)safr(as) + -ole
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  • They gave tons of pure safrole to rats, and the rats got cancer.
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safrole

/ˈsæfrəʊl/
noun
1.
a colourless or yellowish oily water-insoluble liquid present in sassafras and camphor oils and used in soaps and perfumes. Formula: C10H10O2
Word Origin
C19: from (sas)safr(as) + -ole1
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