American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of tropical India, cultivated for its aromatic roots that yield an oil used in perfumery.
- n. The roots of this plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cuscus-grass, Andropogon squarrosus (A. muricatus), of India, the fibrous roots of which are made into tatties (see tatty). The rootstock and rootlets have a strong persistent odor compared to myrrh, and yield veti ver-oil, of modern use in European perfumery. In India an infusion is used as a cooling medicine.
- n. The aromatic root of Andropogon muricatus grass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An East Indian grass (Andropogon muricatus); also, its fragrant roots which are much used for making mats and screens. Also called
kuskus, and khuskhus.
- From French vétyver, from Tamil. (Wiktionary)
- French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr : veṭṭi, worthless + vēru, useless. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The generic name comes from "vetiver," a Tamil word meaning "root that is dug up.”
“Vetiver Tonka: First, let me admit why I tried this one first--the idea of vetiver and vanilla together seemed extreme, and held the potential for fun or a headache.”
“I used my wild Haitian vetiver, which is my favourite for its completely inoffensive qualities - it is sheer pleasure.”
“It gradually deepens, with a velvety touch of oakmoss, and very minute amount of vetiver, that is light but adds a tiny bit of warm woodiness, along with transparent musk and frankincense notes, and a hint of the almond-like tonka bean that emerges from the Guerlinade.”
“However, if you spray it early enough before leaving the house, it dries down to a satisfactorily subtle musky and woody vetiver, that is to say with a hint of tartness – which is quite versatile really.”
“Hedges of a strong, coarse grass called vetiver have restrained erodible soils for decades in Fiji and several other tropical locations.”
“The United States is not known as a vetiver-oil producer, but as this book was about to be printed we learned that Texas farmers Gueric and Victor Boucard are perhaps the most advanced vetiver growers of all.”
“These two had an entrancing vision: a little-known tropical grass called vetiver, they proposed, could provide the answer to soil erosion in the world's warmer regions-and it could do so in a way that would appeal to millions of farmers, landowners, politicians, and administrators.”
“Another method involved a coarse grass called vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides), the use of which was virtually unknown.”
“Magazine St by Strange Invisible Perfumes is where I go when I need a vanilla fix, it's balanced by vetiver which is always welcome in my perfumes!”
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