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attar of roses (ăt`ər, ă`tär), or
rose oil, fragrant essential oil obtained from roses and used in making perfume. It is one of the most valuable of the volatile oils. Rose water is water in which a small amount of the oil is dissolved.
attar of roses[′ad·ər əv ′rōz·əs]
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According to the definition, the Bulgarian attar of roses
is an essential oil obtained by means of the steam distillation of flowers of the Damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.
Attar of roses
comes from Istanbul and Bulgaria, and although the rose is considered a common enough plant, as much as 100 kilos of rose petals may be needed for half a litre of distilled rose oil.
On the other hand, these limitations might be intentional: in contrast to her previous volume, Attar of Roses
(1997; see WLT 73:1, p.