Is Salicylic acid a phenol?Watch
It mentions it being a 'phenolic phytohormone' on wikipedia but I don't understand the stuff linking to it.
It's a phenolic acid not a phenol, because it has a carboxylic acid group attached to the phenol ring. Phenol is a separate thing; it's a benzene with an -OH as you said. I think you would say it has a phenol functional group but is not phenol itself.