Definition of patchouli in English:


Line breaks: patch|ouli
Pronunciation: /ˈpatʃʊli
, pəˈtʃuːli


[mass noun]
  • 1An aromatic oil obtained from a SE Asian shrub, which is used in perfumery, insecticides, and medicine.
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    • You can also add 5 drops of patchouli essential oil, which is a great antimicrobial and deodorant.
    • For a sensuous bath, try sandalwood, rose, ylang-ylang, patchouli, neroli or jasmine.
    • Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.
  • 2The strongly scented shrub of the mint family from which patchouli is obtained.
    • Pogostemon cablin, family Labiatae
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    • For example, patchouli and thyme have a dark color; lavender has a light, golden hue; and rosemary is clear.


mid 19th century: from Tamil pacc̣uli.

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