Definition of attar in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈatə
(also otto)


A fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals: attar of roses
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  • More than 90 per cent of the rose attar produced in Bulgaria is exported to the US, France and Switzerland.
  • The valley of Taif in Western Saudi Arabia near Jeddah is famous the world over for its rose attar and water.
  • This is because they contain the same essential oils as attar of roses.


late 17th century: via Persian from Arabic ‘iṭr 'perfume, essence'.

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