follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

vetiver

[vet-uh-ver] /ˈvɛt ə vər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Also called khus-khus. the grass itself.
Origin of vetiver
1840-1850
1840-50; < Tamil veṭṭivēr
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for vetiver
Historical Examples
  • She would go into ecstasies on breathing in the patchouli and vetiver used for Cashmere shawls.

    My Private Menagerie Theophile Gautier
  • The women powder their hair with an odorous substance obtained from the berries of the vetiver.

British Dictionary definitions for vetiver

vetiver

/ˈvɛtɪvə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: from French vétiver, from Tamil vettivẽru
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vetiver

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vetiver

13
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for vetiver