One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fragrant extract or essential oil obtained from the root of an Indian grass, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.
The grass is Vetiveria zizanioides, family Gramineae
- ‘For instance, the Baton Rouge biologists have isolated an oil from the roots of a grass called vetiver.’
- ‘Testers liked the signature Aveda scent: a spicy, earthy mix of cinnamon, vetiver (a grass indigenous to India, cultivated for its aromatic roots) and rosemary.’
- ‘Lauder created this blend of floral, spicy notes on a base of vetiver and sandalwood in 1953.’
- ‘Watching grass grow is never boring for the staff of the Bethesda, Maryland-based Vetiver Network - assuming the grass is vetiver.’
- ‘For a calming bath, says Jackson, diffuse ‘lavender into the air, draw a very warm bath and add a mixture of lavender and vetiver to the bathwater.’’
Mid 19th century: from French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr, from vēr ‘root’.
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