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- n. The bitter exudate from the castor sacs of mature beavers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A peculiar bitter orange-brown substance, with strong, penetrating odor, found in two sacs between the anus and external genitals of the beaver; castor; -- used in medicine as an antispasmodic, and by perfumers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as castor.
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The scent is leathery and animalic think both indolic and uric at once, and with that dry leathery undertone – hence it is most commonly described as a cross between civet and castoreum, which is a pretty good description if you ask me.
It was not, however, till of late years that the sagacious Indians discovered that the castoreum was a certain bait for the animals themselves.
They are seen near these dams and at their "lodges" on the banks of the stream, where they ooze out this castoreum, which is understood to be a signal to other beavers.
Take the innocuous-sounding castoreum, which is used to enhance the flavor of puddings, candies, and some frozen dairy desserts.
The peculiar odoriferous substance, secreted in two glandular sacs near the root of the tail, is "castoreum," more generally known as
Up to the moment when the wolves reached the top of this ascent they had travelled altogether by the strong scent of the castoreum which is found in the body of the beaver, and which had most thoroughly perfumed the whole party, dogs, men, and outfit.
Another curious circumstance connected with this "castoreum" is, that as soon as one beaver has deposited any of it on the ground, the beavers from another lodge go to the spot, and after covering it with earth and leaves, deposit their own "castoreum" on it.
The early key target of trappers was the beaver, a source of food, castoreum
The two lines run through the composition, sometimes parallel, sometimes intertwining, with the second one eventually taking over and ultimately finding its closure in a lush, animalic, fantastically sexy, nocturnal base of amber, musk, civet, patchouli and castoreum.
Chypre Noir is made with both civet and castoreum in the base, so you know it is going to have great staying power.