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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

n.

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 French, but this has not been explained and the record of it in English predates that in French.

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