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rose oil

noun
1.
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.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45

attar

[at-er] /ˈæt ər/
noun
1.
Also, atar, athar, ottar, otto. a perfume or essential oil obtained from flowers or petals.
2.
Also called attar of roses. rose oil.
Origin
1790-1800; short for Persian 'atar-gūl attar of roses, akin to ʿatara to smell sweet, ʿiṭr fragrance (< Ar)
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British Dictionary definitions for attar of roses

attar

/ˈætə/
noun
1.
an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfume: attar of roses
Word Origin
C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for attar of roses

attar

n.

1798, from Persian 'atar-gul "essence of roses," from 'atar "fragrance," from Arabic 'utur "perfumes, aromas."

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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