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Borrowed from Persian عطر(atir, scent), from Arabic عِطْر(ʿiṭr, perfume).


  • (UK) IPA(key): [ˈæt.ə]
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  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈæt̬.əɹ], [ˈæt̬.ɑːɹ]
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  • Rhymes: -ætə(r)


attar (countable and uncountable, plural attars)

  1. An essential oil extracted from flowers.
    • 1857, G[eorge] W[illiam] Septimus Piesse, “Section III”, in The Art of Perfumery, and Method of Obtaining the Odors of Plants, [], Philadelphia, Pa.: Lindsay and Blackiston, OCLC 30552856, page 78:
      Now, when orange-flowers are distilled with water, we procure the otto of the blossom, which is known commercially as oil of neroli.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter VIII, p. 125, [1]
      I bequeath to you my literary work. Useless though these might be commercially, they are the attar-drops distilled from the long and futile ebullience of my life.
  2. A perfume made from this oil.

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