Vetiver meaning

vĕt'ə-vər
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.
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The essential oil obtained from the roots of this plant.
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An East Indian grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) whose roots yield a fragrant oil used in perfumes, cosmetics, etc.
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Its fibrous roots, also used for making screens, mats, etc.
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The grass Chrysopogon zizanioides, native to India, but planted throughout the tropics for its fragrant roots and for erosion control.
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Its aromatic root.
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An essential oil derived from the root (often written vetyver in this sense), and its characteristic fragrance.
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Origin of vetiver

  • French vétiver from Tamil veṭṭivēr veṭṭi worthless vēru useless
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French vétyver (older spelling) or vétiver, from Tamil வெட்டிவேர் (veá¹­á¹­iver).
    From Wiktionary