Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small southeast Asian shrub (Pogostemon cablin) in the mint family, having leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes.
  • noun A perfume made from the oil of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An East Indian odoriferous plant, Pogostemon Patchouli, of the mint family.
  • noun The perfume itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A small shrubby mintlike plant (Pogostemon cablin syn. Pogostemon Patchouli) of the East Indies, yielding an essential oil from which a highly valued perfume is made.
  • noun The heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant.
  • noun (Chem.) a substance homologous with and resembling borneol, found in patchouly oil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several East Indian menthaceous plants which yield a highly fragrant oil.
  • noun The oil or perfume made from these plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small East Indian shrubby mint; fragrant oil from its leaves is used in perfumes
  • noun a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Tamil paccuḷi.]

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From Tamil pachchai பச்சை (green), and ellai இலை (leaf).

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    November 3, 2008

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    January 16, 2012

  • My wife enjoys this word. I do too. So, in conclusion, we both enjoy patchouli!!!!

    November 3, 2012