vetiver

noun
vet·​i·​ver | \ ˈve-tə-vər How to pronounce vetiver (audio) \

Definition of vetiver

: a tall perennial grass (Vetiveria zizanioides) of southeastern Asia cultivated in warm regions especially for its fragrant roots which are used especially in woven goods (such as mats) and in perfumes also : its root

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An elegant blend of vetiver and river birch made the final cut. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jacquelyn Jablonski and Autism Tomorrow Toast a Charitable Collaboration With Apotheke," 16 Apr. 2019 The debut three-piece system begins with the Scalp Detox pretreatment, a blend of moringa oil and cooling vetiver that moisturizes while dissolving buildup. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Cutting-Edge Natural Hair-Care Line That Puts Scalp Health First," 11 Dec. 2018 Protect against sweat and bad vibes with Myro’s unisex aluminum-, paraben-, and talc-free deodorants that release surprising scents like jasmine, lavender, and vetiver. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019 If that combo isn't for you, there's also the Bedford Grand candle―which looks just like the Holiday Grand, except green―with a blend of pine needles, juniper berry, cypress, and vetiver. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Is What A $500 Candle Looks Like," 7 Dec. 2018 The spray contains a blend of lavender, vetiver, and camomile and smells like a warm, soothing, calming hug. Amy Hou, Glamour, "This Lavender Pillow Spray Actually Helps Me Sleep Better," 20 Aug. 2018 The scents ends on the mellow notes of white musk and vetiver. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018 Alternatives include ylang-ylang, bergamot, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, and Roman Chamomile. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 Choose from oil blends such as Pick-Me-Up (essence of peppermint, grapefruit and orange) or Grounding (vetiver, patchouli and lavender). Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vetiver

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vetiver

French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr

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The first known use of vetiver was circa 1858

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