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Definition of "camphene" []

  • A colorless crystalline terpene, C10H16, used in the manufacture of synthetic camphor and insecticides. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "camphene" in a sentence
  • "Listen, Mel, I don’t have much time and I need some information about a substance called camphene."
  • "He called this oil “kerosene”—from Keros and elaion, the Greek words, respectively, for “wax” and “oil,” altering the elaion to ene, so that his product would sound more like the familiar camphene."
  • "For the war cut off the shipment of turpentine from the South, creating an acute shortage of camphene, the cheap illuminating oil derived from turpentine."