vetiver definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: French vétiver ; from Tamil veṭṭivēru, literally , root that is dug up ; from vēr, root
vetiver definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of tropical India, cultivated for its aromatic roots that yield an oil used in perfumery.
- The roots of this plant.
Origin: French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr : veṭṭi, worthless + vēru, useless.