Definitions

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

  • n. A small southeast Asian shrub (Pogostemon cablin) in the mint family, having leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes.
  • n. A perfume made from the oil of this plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several East Indian menthaceous plants which yield a highly fragrant oil.
  • n. The oil or perfume made from these plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small shrubby mintlike plant (Pogostemon cablin syn. Pogostemon Patchouli) of the East Indies, yielding an essential oil from which a highly valued perfume is made.
  • n. The heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An East Indian odoriferous plant, Pogostemon Patchouli, of the mint family.
  • n. The perfume itself.

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

  • n. small East Indian shrubby mint; fragrant oil from its leaves is used in perfumes
  • n. a heavy perfume made from the patchouli plant

Etymologies

Tamil paccuḷi.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Tamil pachchai பச்சை (green), and ellai இலை (leaf). (Wiktionary)

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  • My wife enjoys this word. I do too. So, in conclusion, we both enjoy patchouli!!!!

    November 3, 2012

  • Austin, TX, when "weird". :-)

    January 16, 2012

  • Gesundheit.

    November 3, 2008