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.
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How to use patchouli in a sentence
I can almost smell the patchouli of his beard oil—which he leaves at my apartment every other week—through the door.This is what happens when you see the face of someone you love | Tate Ryan-Mosley | August 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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 | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An unnatural, degenerate garden, where the trees carry marrons glacs and the flowers are scented with patchouli.The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
She filled the hall with her patchouli and shrill vivacity, and presently was gone.My Little Sister | Elizabeth Robins
The air was hot; the odour of patchouli mingled with the stench of stale garments and the reek of alcohol.The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for patchouli
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
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