One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant liquid isolated from rose oil and other plant oils, and used in perfumery and cosmetics. In later use also: specifically one of the isomeric components of this liquid.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Journal Pharmacy. From German Rhodinol from ancient Greek ῥόδινος of or from roses (from ῥόδον rose + -ινος) + German -ol.
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