from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fragrant essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers: attar of roses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an essential oil extracted from flowers
  • n. a perfume made from this oil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fragrant essential oil; esp., a volatile and highly fragrant essential oil obtained from the petals of roses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the East Indies, a general term for a perfume from flowers.
  • n. The chemical composition of this valuable perfume has been carefully studied, and its principal constituent, geraniol (C10H18O), obtained from cheaper sources (as from the essential oil of Indian grass or Turkish geranium), is now — with perhaps the addition of some of the minor constituents, also from relatively cheap sources — offered for sale as synthetic attar of roses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers


Persian 'aṭir, perfumed, from Arabic, aromatic; see ʿṭr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian عطر (’atir, "scent"), from عطر (ʕiṭr, "perfume"). (Wiktionary)



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