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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.
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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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  • 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

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • Where had he heard of attar of roses combined with—with what?

  • About half a ton of roses are required to make a pound of the attar.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Kazanlik, noted also for rugs, is the great market for attar.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

British Dictionary definitions for attar


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
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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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