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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Examples from the Web for attar
Ten-year-old Yasmine al Attar stares at me from under her dark curled bangs.Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate
July 30, 2014
You surely don't expect to be regaled with incense or attar of roses.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
The air was heavy with sandalwood, and attar of rose, and incense.A Little Girl in Old Salem
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Where had he heard of attar of roses combined with—with what?Ambrotox and Limping Dick
About half a ton of roses are required to make a pound of the attar.
Kazanlik, noted also for rugs, is the great market for attar.
otto (ˈɒtəʊ) or ottar (ˈɒtə)
- an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfumeattar of roses
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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