from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An east Asian evergreen tree (Cinnamomum camphora) naturalized and cultivated as an ornamental in the southern United States, having aromatic wood and leathery leaves that are a source of camphor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a large evergreen tree (Cinnamomum Camphora) with lax, smooth branches and shining triple-nerved lanceolate leaves, probably native in China, but now cultivated in most warm countries. Camphor is collected by a process of steaming the chips of the wood and subliming the product.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Cinnamomum camphora, a lauraceous tree which yields the camphor of commerce, found in Japan, along the southern maritime regions of China, and especially in Formosa.
- n. The Dryobalanops aromatica, a tree of Sumatra and Borneo, yielding Borneo camphor (which see, under camphor). See Dryobalanops.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large evergreen tree of warm regions whose aromatic wood yields camphor
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The Chinese took some prisoners, whom they slew mercilessly, and one of the first things I saw on the morning of the 19th was a pair of corpses suspended by the feet from the branches of a huge camphor tree near the parade-ground.