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

Examples of patchouli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swirling with the patchouli is a mix of mate, a bitter tea scent, clary sage, offering a softness and a lavender nuance, pink pepper for a fresh rosy spice, and the power duo of violet lead of bergamot. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 This category includes heavier scents such as musk, leather, patchouli, and wood. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Luxurious base accords of cedar and Indonesian patchouli add staying power and a robust sillage. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Orage is a powerful, powdery patchouli, and a transportive one at that. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 Gamine uses notes of Cote D’Azur cypress, vetiver root, chocolat noir, and Indonesian patchouli to create this fragrance. Liis launched only a year ago but is already taking the perfume world by storm. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, the sweet and fruity Bitter Peach may have a striking name, but actually has light and refreshing notes of blood orange and peach with a dash of patchouli for a hazier feel. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 19 Feb. 2022 The citrus and woody notes of bergamot, clary sage, and patchouli are herbaceous, masculine, and bright enough to set the night on fire and spark your inner wild side. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2022 Although the full training document emphasizes that protesters can come from any part of the political spectrum, the image refers exclusively to stereotypes associated with left-wing activists, with mentions of patchouli, Marx, and dreadlocks. Andy Rose, CNN, 15 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Patchouli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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