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1. A grass (Vetiveria zizanioides syn. Chrysopogon zizanioides) of tropical India, often planted to control erosion and widely cultivated for its aromatic roots, which yield an oil used in perfumery.
2. The essential oil obtained from the roots of this plant. Also called vetivert.

[French vétiver, from Tamil veṭṭivēr : veṭṭi, worthless + vēru, useless.]


1. (Plants) a tall hairless grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having aromatic roots and stiff long narrow ornamental leaves
2. (Plants) the root of this plant used for making screens, mats, etc, and yielding a fragrant oil used in perfumery, medicine, etc
[C19: from French vétiver, from Tamil vettivẽru]


(ˈvɛt ə vər)

1. the long, fibrous roots of an East Indian grass, Vetiveria zizanioides, used for making hangings and screens and in perfumery.
2. the grass itself.
[1840–50; < Tamil veṭṭivēr]
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Gautam M, Agrawal M (2017) Phytoremediation of metals using vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty) grown under different levels of red mud in sludge amended soil.
Annamalai, "Chrysopogon zizanioides aqueous extract mediated synthesis characterization of crystalline silver and gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications," International Journal of Nanomedicine, vol.
Phytoremediation: A green technology to remove with lead tolerance and detoxification in Chrysopogon zizanioides L.
Vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides L.) belongs to the same grass family as maize, sorghum, sugarcane, and lemon grass (Figure 1).
Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty Bas.: Phalaris zizanioides L.
One species with desirable characteristics to start the process of revegetation is Chrysopogon zizanioides (vetiver).
Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash = Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty
As mudas de vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) utilizadas no presente estudo foram obtidas a partir de brotos selecionados pela subdivisao de touceiras da colecao de plantas medicinais da Embrapa Amazonia Ocidental, em Manaus-AM.