Meaning of vetiver in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvɛtɪvə/


(also vetivert)
mass noun
  • A fragrant extract or essential oil obtained from the root of an Indian grass, used in perfumery and aromatherapy.

    The grass is Vetiveria zizanioides, family Gramineae

    ‘Watching grass grow is never boring for the staff of the Bethesda, Maryland-based Vetiver Network - assuming the grass is vetiver.’
    • ‘For instance, the Baton Rouge biologists have isolated an oil from the roots of a grass called vetiver.’
    • ‘Testers liked the signature Aveda scent: a spicy, earthy mix of cinnamon, vetiver (a grass indigenous to India, cultivated for its aromatic roots) and rosemary.’
    • ‘Lauder created this blend of floral, spicy notes on a base of vetiver and sandalwood in 1953.’
    • ‘For a calming bath, says Jackson, diffuse ‘lavender into the air, draw a very warm bath and add a mixture of lavender and vetiver to the bathwater.’’


Mid 19th century from French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr, from vēr ‘root’.