Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in the Philippines of Michelia Champaca, a tree whose fragrant, magnolia-like flowers together with those of Canangium odoratum, yield an essential oil highly valued for perfumery, and when digested in cocoanut-oil yield the Macassar oil of commerce. See champak and Michelia.

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Examples

  • Sacred flowers such as champaca, rose, saffron, bakula, and others have been hydrodistilled into sandalwood oil with the use of degs for perhaps five thousand years.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • So I will stick to the traditional jasmine, rose, orange blossom, tuberose et al for now, and indulge in exotic scents such as champaca, osmanthus, boronia, kewda and other aromas that I wasn’t exposed to until I became a perfumer.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • But I suppose that what it shows is that you can take champaca out of the wild but you can't take the wild out of champaca.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • It truly is a gorgeous, couture version of champaca.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • I just received a sample of champaca essence from a supplier, and was shocked at its wonderfully wild, raggedly complex edge and a lurking filthiness under the surface.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • I suspect that what gives the silken blend of champaca, jasmine and orchids that ragged, dry, windswept edge is the broom note in Beige, it was hawthorn.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • I love champaca absolute but have never bought any to play with because it's so...complex.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • I have champaca essence from a different purveyor and it is narcotic, sweet and lush, but nothing at all like the one I got yesterday.

    Tom Ford Champaca Absolute: Perfume Review

  • It is just a little too pretty and little too simplified for champaca, but if that would make the West understand and appreciate champaca more - perhaps it is a good thing.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • At the same time, it is way fruitier than champaca absolute is, which make the name a bit misleading.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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