Definition of vetiver in US English:


(also vetivert)


  • 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’.