patch·​ou·​li | \ pə-ˈchü-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio) also ˈpa-chə-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web Refresh their workspace with a candle that brings a little bit of the outdoors inside (with scents like water lilies and patchouli) along with energizing notes like cinnamon. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "Shopping for someone who works from home? Check out these gifts," 25 Nov. 2020 Un-boo-lievably Silky Slime, is a black shower jelly, emanating a spicy-sweet blend of vanilla, black pepper oil, and dark Sumatran patchouli. Sarah Midkiff,, "Lush Just Dropped Its Halloween Collection — & You’ll Want To Draw A Bath ASAP," 15 Sep. 2020 Usually a Paddywax candle that’s like amber and tobacco, or patchouli. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Broadway Star Elizabeth Stanley’s Indulgences Include Nine Hours of Sleep and Blackout Shades," 21 Apr. 2020 Save $41: A classic and chic fragrance with major staying power (Photo: Neiman Marcus) Imagine going about your day smelling like a gorgeously warm blend of jasmine, orange blossom and patchouli. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "5 beauty products you should skip from Sephora's spring sale—and where to get them instead," 21 Apr. 2020 The spray consists of an 80% concentrate of organic alcohol mixed with essential oils known for their antibacterial properties: clove, lemongrass, lavender maillette and patchouli. Ingrid Schmidt, Los Angeles Times, "Still need hand sanitizer? L.A. perfume makers have some for you," 19 Mar. 2020 The more masculine eau de toilette is topped off with citrus and mint, with a heart of lavender and violet leaves, and base notes like patchouli and vetiver. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hello, Lionel Richie Launched the Fragrance You're Looking For," 23 Nov. 2019 There’s the town librarian, with his Willy Nelson braids who smells of pot and patchouli oil. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Best-selling author of ‘cozy’ mysteries sets new series in small-town Alaska," 26 Jan. 2020 The Wild Woodlands candle is made of a blend of fir needles and cedar-wood, as well as amber, musk, patchouli and clove. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "Best 18 relaxation gifts and stress-relieving gifts of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of patchouli

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patchouli

Tamil paccuḷi

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The first known use of patchouli was in 1845

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“Patchouli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of patchouli

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

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