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  1. Also atar, athar, ottar, otto. a perfume or essential oil obtained from flowers or petals.
  2. Also called attar of roses. rose oil.

Origin of attar

1790–1800; short for Persian 'atar-gūl attar of roses, akin to ʿatara to smell sweet, ʿiṭr fragrance (< Ar)
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otto (ˈɒtəʊ) or ottar (ˈɒtə)

  1. an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfumeattar of roses

Word Origin

C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for attar


1798, from Persian 'atar-gul "essence of roses," from 'atar "fragrance," from Arabic 'utur "perfumes, aromas."

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