or pach·ou·li, patch·ou·ly
- 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
Examples from the Web for patchouli
I could smell the patchouli oil he was wearing as well as the incense that was burning in the studio.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Through the air was wafted the cheap and stifling scent of patchouli.The Convert
Essence of patchouli, thus prepared, has been largely used, both at court and by the nobility generally.
She filled the hall with her patchouli and shrill vivacity, and presently was gone.My Little Sister
Have another cigarette, and spray some patchouli about the room.Adrien Leroy
He backed 'The Patchouli Girl,' and in that shining garden he got stung.The Summons
pachouli or patchouly
- 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 and History for patchouli
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.