- an East Indian mint (Pogostemon cablin) that yields a heavy, dark-brown, fragrant oil
- a perfume made from this oil
Often sp. patch′ou·ly
Origin of patchouliFr, altered from eastern; English patch leaf, part translated, translation of Tamil paccili, literally , green leaf from paccu, green + ilai, a leaf
- A small southeast Asian shrub (Pogostemon cablin) in the mint family, having leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- A perfume made from the oil of this plant.
Origin of patchouliFrench probably ultimately from a Dravidian word compounded from elements akin to Tamil paccai green or paccai fragrant, fragrant plant and ilai leaf
From Tamil pachchai à®ªà®šà¯à®šà¯ˆ (green), and ellai à®‡à®²à¯ˆ (leaf).