Pronunciation: (bôr'nē-ôl", -ol"), [key]
n. Chem.
a white, translucent, lumpy, very slightly water-soluble, solid terpene alcohol, C10H18O, 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 Bor'neo cam'phor, bornyl alcohol, camphol, Malayan camphor, Sumatra camphor.

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