Attar of roses

attar

[at-er]
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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rose oil

noun
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:
1835–45

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attar, otto or ottar (ˈætə, ˈɒtəʊ, ˈɒtə)
 
n
an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfume: attar of roses
 
[C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic]
 
otto, otto or ottar
 
n
 
[C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic]
 
ottar, otto or ottar
 
n
 
[C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic]

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