• WordNet 3.6
    • n attar essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Attar A fragrant essential oil; esp., a volatile and highly fragrant essential oil obtained from the petals of roses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n attar In the East Indies, a general term for a perfume from flowers. In Europe it generally denotes only the attar or otto of roses, an essential oil made in Turkey and various other eastern countries, chiefly from the damask rose, Rosa Damascena. The yield is very small, 150 pounds of rose-leaves yielding less than an ounce of attar. The principal source of the attar of commerce is in the vicinity of Kazanlik, on the southern side of the Balkan mountains, in Eastern Rumelia. The pure oil solidifies at a temperature between 60 and 65 F. It is a well-known perfume, but the odor is agreeable only when diffused, being too powerful when it is concentrated. It is largely used in the scenting of snuff. Also written ottar, otto.
    • n attar The chemical composition of this valuable perfume has been carefully studied, and its principal constituent, geraniol (C10H18O), obtained from cheaper sources (as from the essential oil of Indian grass or Turkish geranium), is now — with perhaps the addition of some of the minor constituents, also from relatively cheap sources — offered for sale as synthetic attar of roses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Attar at′ar a very fragrant essential oil made in Turkey and other Eastern lands, chiefly from the damask rose
    • Attar Also Otto
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per. 'atar, perfume, essence, Ar. 'itr, fr. 'atara, to smell sweet. Cf. Otto


In literature:

That elderly Bulgarian party, Kesanlyk Attar of Roses man, knew all about her.
"An Old Meerschaum" by David Christie Murray
You surely don't expect to be regaled with incense or attar of roses.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
If there's any perfume fitter for a lost soul than attar of banana oil, it hasn't been discovered.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Most of the genuine attar of roses produced in the world comes from Bulgaria.
"Bulgaria" by Frank Fox
Two drachms of bergamot, and a few drops of attar of roses would suffice.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Perfume with a drop or two of attar of rose.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
The high opinion entertained of Mansur Hallaj by Fariduddin Attar, as seen in the above account, has been echoed by subsequent Sufi writers.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
About half a ton of roses are required to make a pound of the attar.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Its perfume was the attar-of-rose scent, like that of the roses of India.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Besides dates the principal articles of export are wool, horses, liquorice, gum and attar of roses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

Still there are hints of summer in the air,
A sense of restfulness, of rapt repose;
And from remote sea gardens, lush and fair,
Rich attars like the rose.
"Autumn" by Clinton Scollard
The sun set late, and wafts of wind arose,
And cuffed the blossom from the blossoming quince;
Shatter red attar vials of the rose,
And made the clover wince.
"Spring Twilight" by Madison Julius Cawein
Look to the Rose who, as I pass her by,
Breathes the fond Attar-musk up to the Sky,
Spreading her silken Blushes - does she know
That I have come to smell and not to Buy?
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Attar Becomes Saudi Arabia's First Female Track Olympian.
Sarah Attar is first Saudi woman on track.
Sarah Attar competes for Saudi Arabia in a women's 800-meter heat at more.
Covered in clothing from head to toe, except for her smiling face poking out from her hood, Attar made her debut.
Attar Makes Olympic Track Debut for Saudi Women.
Attar wore a long-sleeved green jacket, full-length black running pants and a white hood.
Kevin Attar, 51, of Hampstead, also has been fined $30,000.
0 Members of the Attar family, Palestinians who were displaced during the eight-day conflict with Israel, return to their home in the Atatra area in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, a day after a cease-fire took hold.
"He was such a great guy," said former Durfee High School Principal Albert Attar, the senior center on the 1956 basketball team.
Attar Becomes Saudi Arabia's First Female Track Olympian.
Attar Becomes Saudi Arabia 's First Female Track Olympian.
Fifty-one-year-old Kevin Attar of Hampstead also has been fined $30,000.

In science:

Psoriasis: dysregulation of innate immunity, Br J Dermatol. 2005 Jun;152(6):1098-107. 15948970. Bouhnik Y, Alain S, Attar A. et al. Bacterial populations contaminating the upper gut in patients with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process