eau de Cologne

eau de Cologne

[oh duh kuh-lohn]
noun

Origin:
1795–1805

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eau de Cologne (əʊ də kəˈləʊn)
 
n
See cologne
 
[French, literally: water of Cologne]

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eau de cologne

in perfumery, scented solution usually consisting of alcohol and about 2-6 percent perfume concentrate. Originally, eau de cologne was a mixture of citrus oils from such fruits as lemons and oranges, combined with such substances as lavender and neroli (orange-flower oil); toilet waters were less-concentrated forms of other types of perfume. The two terms, cologne and toilet water, however, have come to be used interchangeably.

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