1. <botany> A mintlike plant (Pogostemon Patchouli) of the East Indies, yielding an essential oil from which a highly valued perfume is made.

2. The perfume made from this plant.

<chemistry> Patchouly camphor, a substance homologous with and resembling borneol, found in patchouly oil.

Origin: CF. F. Patchouli; prob. Of East Indian origin.

(01 Mar 1998)

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