from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bitter exudate from the castor sacs of mature beavers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar bitter orange-brown substance, with strong, penetrating odor, found in two sacs between the anus and external genitals of the beaver; castor; -- used in medicine as an antispasmodic, and by perfumers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as castor.


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  • Eeeew!

    November 28, 2010

  • There is a term for every thing.

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