views updated May 18 2018

at·tar / ˈatər/ (also ot·to / ˈätō/ ) • n. a fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.

attar of roses

views updated May 23 2018

attar of roses (otto) Essential oil obtained from rose petals, and used as a perfume and perfumery agent. Attar is any fragrant oil derived from plants, although attar of roses (produced by crushing and distilling petals from the damask rose cultivated in the Balkans) is by far the best known.


views updated Jun 27 2018

attar fragrant essence (of roses). XVIII. — Pers. 'Iṭr — Arab., f. 'aṭira be fragrant.