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rose oil

a pale yellow, green, or red, volatile, fragrant, sweet-tasting liquid, obtained by steam distillation from fresh roses, especially damask roses: used in flavoring and perfume.
Also called attar of roses, otto of roses.
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Steam stills would be used in order to protect the flowers from being burned, creating purer and stronger smelling rose oil.
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attar of roses

fragrant, colourless or pale-yellow liquid essential oil distilled from fresh petals of Rosa damascena and R. gallica and other species of the rose family Rosaceae. Rose oils are a valuable ingredient of fine perfumes and liqueurs. They are also used for flavouring lozenges and scenting ointments and toilet preparations.

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