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patchouli

[pach-oo-lee, puh-choo-lee] /ˈpætʃ ʊ li, pəˈtʃu li/
noun
1.
a plant, Pogostemon cablin, of tropical Asia, that yields a fragrant oil (patchouli oil) used in the manufacture of perfumes.
2.
a penetrating perfume made from this oil.
Also, pachouli, patchouly.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Tamil paccuḷi
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British Dictionary definitions for patchouli oil

patchouli

/ˈpætʃʊlɪ; pəˈtʃuːlɪ/
noun
1.
any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Pogostemon, the leaves of which yield a heavy fragrant oil: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.
the perfume made from this oil
Word Origin
C19: from Tamil paccilai, from paccu green + ilai leaf
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Word Origin and History for patchouli oil
patchouli
perfume made from an Indian plant of the mint family, 1845, from the native name for the plant in Madras, said to be from Tamil pachchai "green" + ilai "leaf." The form of the word appears Fr., but this has not been explained and the record of it in Eng. predates that in Fr.
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