patchouli

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noun patch·ou·li \ pə-ˈchü-lē also ˈpa-chə-lē \
variants: or less commonly patchouly

Definition of patchouli

:a heavy perfume made from the fragrant essential oil of a southeast Asian mint (Pogostemon cablin); also :the plant itself

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Origin and Etymology of patchouli

Tamil paccuḷi


PATCHOULI Defined for English Language Learners

patchouli

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Definition of patchouli for English Language Learners

  • : a perfume that is made from the oil of a southeast Asian plant


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