costusroot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n costusroot annual herb of the eastern Himalayas (Kashmir) having purple florets and a fragrant root that yields a volatile oil used in perfumery and for preserving furs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n costusroot The root of Saussurea Lappa (Aucklandia Costus), a composite plant of Cashmere. It is collected in enormous quantities for the Chinese market, and is used largely as a medicine in India. It has a pungent aromatic taste, and an odor like that of orris-root.
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