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camphire


camphire


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Camphire  \Cam"phire\,  n. 
  An  old  spelling  of  {Camphor}. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Camphire 
  (Heb.  copher),  mentioned  in  Cant.  1:14  (R.V.,  "henna-flowers"); 
  4:13  (R.V.,  "henna"),  is  the  al-henna  of  the  Arabs,  a  native  of 
  Egypt,  producing  clusters  of  small  white  and  yellow  odoriferous 
  flowers,  whence  is  made  the  Oleum  Cyprineum  From  its  leaves  is 
  made  the  peculiar  auburn  dye  with  which  Eastern  women  stain 
  their  nails  and  the  palms  of  their  hands.  It  is  found  only  at 
  Engedi,  on  the  shore  of  the  Dead  Sea.  It  is  known  to  botanists 
  by  the  name  Lawsonia  alba  or  inermis,  a  kind  of  privet,  which 
  grows  6  or  8  feet  high.  The  margin  of  the  Authorized  Version  of 
  the  passages  above  referred  to  has  "or  cypress,"  not  with 
  reference  to  the  conifer  so  called  but  to  the  circumstance  that 
  one  of  the  most  highly  appreciated  species  of  this  plant  grew  in 
  the  island  of  Cyprus.