Definitions for vetiverˈvɛt ə vər
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vet•i•verˈvɛt ə vər(n.)
the long, fibrous roots of an East Indian grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, used for making hangings and screens and in perfumery.
the grass itself.
Origin of vetiver:
1840–50; < Tamil veṭṭivēr
The aromatic root of Andropogon muricatus grass.
Origin: From vétyver, from Tamil.
an East Indian grass (Andropogon muricatus); also, its fragrant roots which are much used for making mats and screens. Also called kuskus, and khuskhus
Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver and ramacham is a perennial grass of the Poaceae family, native to India. In western and northern India, it is popularly known as khus. Vetiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. The stems are tall and the leaves are long, thin, and rather rigid; the flowers are brownish-purple. Unlike most grasses, which form horizontally spreading, mat-like root systems, vetiver's roots grow downward, 2–4 m in depth. Vetiver is most closely related to Sorghum but shares many morphological characteristics with other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass, citronella, and palmarosa. Though it originates in India, vetiver is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world. The world's major producers include Haiti, India, Java, and Réunion. The most commonly used commercial genotypes of vetiver are sterile, and because vetiver propagates itself by small offsets instead of underground stolons, these genotypes are noninvasive and can easily be controlled by cultivation of the soil at the boundary of the hedge. However, care must be taken, because fertile genotypes of vetiver have become invasive.
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