patch·ou·li (pə-chlē, păch-lē)
n. pl. patch·ou·lis
1. A small southeast Asian shrub (Pogostemon cablin) in the mint family, having leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes.
2. A perfume made from the oil of this plant.
[French, probably ultimately from a Dravidian word compounded from elements akin to Tamil paccai, green, or paccai, fragrant, fragrant plant, and ilai, leaf.]
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