|eau de Cologne (əʊ də kəˈləʊn)|
|[French, literally: water of Cologne]|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
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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