One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aromatic liquid, used especially for the hair or as an aftershave, typically distilled from rum and the leaves of the bayberry.
- ‘The woman carries a red flannel bandage and a bottle of bay rum, which was used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.’
- ‘For instance, as a way of warding off grey hair, our anonymous beautician suggests a tonic of 1oz of castor oil, tincture of jaborandi (an American shrub) and 3oz of bay rum, applied every other night.’
- ‘The cornstarch absorbs perspiration, the baking soda neutralizes stank, and the clove oil and bay rum oil smell good.’
- ‘I ran outside, grabbed him to see if there were any injuries and when I saw there were none, I just soaked him down with bay rum.’
bay rum/ˈbā ˌrəm/
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