Grasse

Grasse

[grahs]
noun
1.
François Joseph Paul [frahn-swa zhaw-zef pawl] , Comte de (Marquis de Grasse-Tilly) 1722–1788, French admiral.
2.
a city in S France, near the Mediterranean: tourist center; perfume industry. 135,330.
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town, southeastern France, Alpes-Maritimes departement, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, northwest of Cannes, west-southwest of Nice. Situated at an elevation of 1,100-1,250 feet (330-380 metres) on a slope in a natural amphitheatre in the lower Alps, it is a resort that is visited in both summer and winter. Grasse is also a world leader in the production of natural fragrances for the perfume industry and of flavourings for food manufacturers. The perfume industry, although largely controlled by multinational groups, dominates the local economy. Roses, jasmine, and other flowers, as well as bitter orange blossom, from which the perfumes are distilled, are cultivated in the vicinity.

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