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1[mass noun] A kind of oil formerly used by men to make their hair shine and lie flat.
- ‘I remember these still being used in the homes of my older relatives in the 1960s, although no one wore Macassar oil in those days.’
- ‘It is thought to have a tonic effect on the scalp; it was used as an ingredient in a hair preparation known as "Macassar" oil in the Victorian period.’
- ‘Every morning he donned white satin gloves with pearl buttons at the wrists, and by noon they were spotted with dirt and Macassar oil and crushed lice.’
2variant spelling of Makassar
Mid 17th century: earlier form of Makassar. The oil was originally represented as consisting of ingredients from Makassar.
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