Attar of roses

Also, atar, athar, ottar, otto. a perfume or essential oil obtained from flowers or petals.
Also called attar of roses. .
a pale yellow, green, or red, volatile, fragrant, sweet-tasting liquid, obtained by steam distillation from fresh roses, especially damask roses: used in flavoring and perfume.
an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfume: attar of roses

1798, from Persian ‘atar-gul “essence of roses,” from ‘atar “fragrance,” from Arabic ‘utur “perfumes, aromas.”


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