One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.
- ‘If you need to substitute for rose otto, rose geranium is not perfect, but it can give a suitable result.’
- ‘Kazanlik, by the way, is the rose grown in fields all over Bulgaria to produce the famous attar of roses so important to the perfume industry.’
- ‘The valley of Taif in Western Saudi Arabia near Jeddah is famous the world over for its rose attar and water.’
- ‘This is because they contain the same essential oils as attar of roses.’
- ‘More than 90 per cent of the rose attar produced in Bulgaria is exported to the US, France and Switzerland.’
- ‘A diluted form of attar, it gives a delightful, delicate taste.’
- ‘Cleopatra would never have set off to woo Mark Anthony armed with a single spritz of attar of roses.’
- ‘The famous crop of the dry and dusty Tundzha Valley makes Bulgaria the world's largest exporter of attar of roses.’
Late 17th century: via Persian from Arabic ‘iṭr ‘perfume, essence’.
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