the long, fibrous, aromatic roots of an East Indian grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, used for making hangings and screens and yielding an oil used in perfumery.
Also called khus-khus. the grass itself.

1840–50; < Tamil veṭṭivēr Unabridged
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vetiver (ˈvɛtɪvə)
1.  a tall hairless grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having aromatic roots and stiff long narrow ornamental leaves
2.  the root of this plant used for making screens, mats, etc, and yielding a fragrant oil used in perfumery, medicine, etc
[C19: from French vétiver, from Tamil vettivẽru]

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perennial grass of the family Poaceae, native to tropical Asia and also introduced into the tropics of both hemispheres. Its thick, fragrant roots contain an oil used in perfumes. It is planted as hedges in some areas. In others it has escaped cultivation and become a weed

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