pachouli [ pach- oo-lee, p uh- choo-lee] patchouli or pach·ou·li, patch·ou·ly [ pach- oo-lee, p uh- choo-lee] noun a plant, Pogostemon cablin, of tropical Asia, that yields a fragrant oil (patchouli oil) used in the manufacture of perfumes. a penetrating perfume made from this oil. Origin of patchouli
First recorded in
1835–45, patchouli is from the Tamil word paccuḷi
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British Dictionary definitions for pachouli patchouli pachouli or patchouly noun any of several Asiatic trees of the genus Pogostemon, the leaves of which yield a heavy fragrant oil: family Lamiaceae (labiates) the perfume made from this oil Word Origin for patchouli
C19: from Tamil
paccilai, from paccu green + ilai leaf
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Word Origin and History for pachouli n.
perfume made from an Indian plant of the mint family, 1845, from the native name for the plant in Madras, said to be from Tamil
pachchai "green" + ilai "leaf." The form of the word appears French, but this has not been explained and the record of it in English predates that in French.
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