akarwanie, akervanieShow more Also akarwanie, akervanie, akkerwani, and with initial capital.
MalayShow more Adaptation of Malay akar wangi, akar root + wangi fragrant, a name for the grass Vetiveria zizanoides.
The grass Cymbopogon marginatus of the Poaceae (subfamily Panicoideae), with odorous roots.
1856L. Pappe inCape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 341The creeping fibrous roots of this grass have a peculiar and rather ferulaceous smell. By the name of Akarwanie they are known to most colonists, and serve as a sure preventive against the destruction of wearing apparel, etc. by moths and other noxious vermin.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 26Akkewani,..A plant..the many thread-like roots of which have a somewhat peculiar and not unpleasant scent, and, when dried, are placed among woollen articles to preserve them from moth.
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