Definition of patchouli in English:

patchouli

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

noun

[mass noun]
1An aromatic oil obtained from a SE Asian shrub, which is used in perfumery, insecticides, and medicine.
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • For example, patchouli and thyme have a dark color; lavender has a light, golden hue; and rosemary is clear.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Tamil pacc̣uli.

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