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n. 1 Family of fragrances build on a base consisting of bergamot, oakmoss and labdanum. 2 A perfume with such a fragrance.


Chypre ( or ) is the name of a family (or concept) of perfumes that are characterised by an accord composed of citrus top- notes, a middle centered on cistus labdanum, and a mossy-animalic base-note derived from oak moss and musk. Chypre perfumes fall into numerous classes according to their modifier notes, which include but are not limited to leather, florals, fruits, and amber.

Usage examples of "chypre".

Strangely enough, once the thing was done, she whispered, her soft mouth close against his ear, and again he caught the wanton scent of chypre so oddly out of place.

Later he was to learn that the use of chypre was forbidden to all but a few, on pain of death.

She had lost the odor of chypre now and smelled only of sweet girlish flesh.

He was dried on towels of fine linen, perfumed with chypre and dressed in saffron-dyed linen breeches and a long tunic.

Blade noticed what he had never noted before-an odor of chypre about the man.

South down High Chypre Hill, a street of florists and trinketeers by whose roofs the trains should come.

The tumult of luxury entertained him: the blasts of chypre from the birds, the hissing farthingales and Hainault lace, the net stockings and gem stuck pumps, the headdresses starched and spangled and meshed and fluted, the plucked eyebrows and frizzled hair, the lynx, genet and Calabrian sable stinking in the wet, the gauzy cache-nez drawn over nose and chin in the gardens and referred to in the careless vulgarity of the mode as coffins a roupies.