an East Indian grass (Vetiveria zizanioides
) whose roots yield a fragrant oil used in perfumes
used for making screens, mats, etc.
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Word origin of 'vetiver'Fr vétiver < Tamil veṭṭivēru, lit., root that is dug up < vēr, root