- an East Indian grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) whose roots yield a fragrant oil used in perfumes, cosmetics, etc.
- its fibrous roots, also used for making screens, mats, etc.
Origin of vetiverFrench vétiver ; from Tamil veṭṭivēru, literally , root that is dug up ; from vēr, root
- A grass (Vetiveria zizanioides syn. Chrysopogon zizanioides) of tropical India, often planted to control erosion and widely cultivated for its aromatic roots, which yield an oil used in perfumery.
- The essential oil obtained from the roots of this plant. Also called vetivert.
Origin of vetiverFrench vétiver, from Tamil ve&tlowdot;&tlowdot;ivēr : ve&tlowdot;&tlowdot;i, worthless + vēru, useless.