or pach·ou·li, patch·ou·ly

[ pach-oo-lee, puh-choo-lee ]
/ ˈpætʃ ʊ li, pəˈtʃu li /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patchouli


pachouli or patchouly

/ (ˈpætʃʊlɪ, pəˈtʃuːlɪ) /


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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