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A vial of neroli

Borrowed from French néroli (neroli), from Nerola, a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Rome, Lazio, Italy. Marie Anne de La Trémoille, princesse des Ursins (1642–1722), Princess of Nerola but originally from France, is thought to have made neroli popular as a fragrance in her country of birth around 1670. The word is cognate with Italian nerola (obsolete), neroli.[1]



neroli (countable and uncountable, plural nerolis)

  1. More fully neroli oil or oil of neroli: an essential oil distilled from the blossoms of the bitter orange or Seville orange (Citrus × aurantium subsp. amara) used to make perfumes.
    • 2007, NPCS Board of Consultants & Engineers, The Complete Technology Book on Flavours, Fragrances and Perfumes
      Even when preparing less costly synthetic nerolis, French petitgrain is almost invariably employed []

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  1. ^ neroli, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, September 2003; “neroli” (US) / “neroli” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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