from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An aromatic phenolic compound, C10H14O, found in plants such as oregano and savory and used in flavorings and fungicides.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A monoterpenoid phenol with a characteristic pungent, warm odour of oregano and a pizzalike taste.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thick oily liquid, C10H13.OH, of a strong taste and disagreeable odor, obtained from oil of caraway (Carum carui).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A viscid oily substance, of a very disagreeable odor and strong taste, made from oil of caraway. In medicine it has been found serviceable in relieving toothache.


New Latin carvi (specific epithet of (Carum) carvi, caraway, from Medieval Latin; see caraway) + Latin ācer, acr-, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots + -ol1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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