Meaning of costus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒstəs/

See synonyms for costus


  • In full "costus root": the fragrant root of the thistle Saussurea costus (family Asteraceae (Compositae)), native to South Asia (especially Kashmir and the Himalayas), used in perfumery and (formerly) as a medicinal agent, often in the form of an essential oil.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. From (i) classical Latin costus.