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Definition of "vetiver" []

  • A grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of tropical India, cultivated for its aromatic roots that yield an oil used in perfumery. (noun)
  • The roots of this plant. (noun)
  • A tall hairless grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having aromatic roots and stiff long narrow ornamental leaves (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The root of this plant used for making screens, mats, etc, and yielding a fragrant oil used in perfumery, medicine, etc (noun)

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Use "vetiver" in a sentence
  • "The generic name comes from "vetiver," a Tamil word meaning "root that is dug up.""
  • "Vetiver Tonka: First, let me admit why I tried this one first--the idea of vetiver and vanilla together seemed extreme, and held the potential for fun or a headache."
  • "I used my wild Haitian vetiver, which is my favourite for its completely inoffensive qualities - it is sheer pleasure."