Usage English (Australian)
Pronounced Pron. NER-ə-lee
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Contributor Contrib.Lena on 6/26/2006
From the name of an essential oil distilled from orange blossom, which was derived from the Italian place name Nerola, itself probably meaning "strong" or "brave" from Sabine nero. Neroli oil was named after the princess of Nerola, Anne Marie Orsini, who popularized the essence of bitter orange tree as a perfume, making it fashionable by the end of the 17th century.