Definition of vetiver in English:

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vetiver

Pronunciation: /ˈvedəvər/
(also vetivert /-vərt/)

noun

A fragrant extract or essential oil obtained from the root of an Indian grass, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
  • The grass is Vetiveria zizanioides, family Gramineae.
Example sentences
  • Watching grass grow is never boring for the staff of the Bethesda, Maryland-based Vetiver Network - assuming the grass is vetiver.
  • For instance, the Baton Rouge biologists have isolated an oil from the roots of a grass called vetiver.
  • Testers liked the signature Aveda scent: a spicy, earthy mix of cinnamon, vetiver (a grass indigenous to India, cultivated for its aromatic roots) and rosemary.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr, from vēr 'root'.

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Syllabification: vet·i·ver

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