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[mass noun] A heady perfume made from sandalwood.
- ‘This formula is for a modified chypre perfume with a peach top note.’
- ‘Based on a woody, mossy, floral accord, which can include leathery or fruity notes as well, chypre perfumes have a rich and lingering scent.’
- ‘Part of the chypre family, it is quietly magnetic at first.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally Cyprus, perhaps where it was first made.
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