bay rum
noun Date: 1840 a fragrant cosmetic and medicinal liquid distilled from the leaves of a West Indian bay tree (Pimenta racemosa) of the myrtle family or usually prepared from essential oils, alcohol, and water

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  • Bay rum — A fragrant liquid, used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. [1913 Webster] Note: The original bay rum, from the West Indies, is prepared, it is believed, by distillation from the leaves of the bayberry ({Myrcia acris}). The bay rum of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bay rum — is the name of a cologne/aftershave lotion.Other uses include as under arm deodorant and as a fragrance for shaving soap, as well as a general astringent.It is a distillate that was originally made from rum and the leaves and/or berries of the… …   Wikipedia

  • bay rum — bay′ rum′ n. a fragrant liquid used chiefly as an aftershave lotion, prepared by distilling the leaves of the tropical American bay, Pimenta racemosa, with rum or by mixing oil from the leaves with alcohol, water, and other oils • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • bay rum — n. 1. BAYBERRY (sense 2) 2. an aromatic liquid formerly obtained from leaves of the bayberry tree, now made of certain oils, water, and alcohol: it is used in medicines and cosmetics …   English World dictionary

  • bay rum — noun an aromatic liquid originally obtained by distilling the leaves of the bayberry tree with rum • Hypernyms: ↑after shave, ↑after shave lotion * * * noun Etymology: bay (V) : a fragrant liquid used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes, the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bay rum — /beɪ ˈrʌm/ (say bay rum) noun a fragrant liquid used as a cosmetic, etc., especially after shaving, prepared by distilling the leaves of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, with rum, or by mixing oil from them with alcohol, water, and other oils …   Australian English dictionary

  • bay rum — a fragrant liquid used chiefly as an aftershaving lotion, prepared by distilling the leaves of the tropical American bay, Pimenta racemosa, with rum or by mixing oil from the leaves with alcohol, water, and other oils. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • bay rum — scented liquid made from bayberry leaves and rum or bay leaf oil mixed with alcohol and water (used in cosmetics and as medical fluid) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bay rum — noun a perfume for the hair, distilled originally from rum and bayberry leaves …   English new terms dictionary

  • bay-rum — n. Spirit of Myrcia (rum distilled with the leaves of Myrcia acris) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • bay rum — A fragrant spirit obtained by distilling rum with leaves of the bayberry, or by mixing various oils with alcohol. Jordan v Roche, 228 US 436, 442, 57 L Ed 908, 910, 33 S Ct 573 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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