|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]|
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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