from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The aromatic root of Andropogon muricatus grass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The 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).
French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr : veṭṭi, worthless + vēru, useless.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vétyver, from Tamil. (Wiktionary)