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orris1

or orrice

[awr-is, or-] /ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.
Origin of orris1
1535-1545
First recorded in 1535-45; unexplained alteration of iris

orris2

[awr-is, or-] /ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
a lace or braid made of gold or silver, much used in the 18th century.
2.
a galloon used in upholstering.
Origin
1695-1705; perhaps alteration (by influence of arras tapestry) of earlier orfrays orphrey
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  • Up from them lifted a fragrance that rivaled even that of orris root.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • I embrace the opportunity of writing to you by the favour of Mrs. orris.

  • In a moment she had gone, distributing as she went a faint, sweet smell of orris.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • orris root, which is used in perfumery, is the stem of the Iris florentina.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • He asked further questions about Jellies, orris, and the ten bicycles.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • When they reached the shore Dan turned toward orris Head, walking within a yard or two of the water's edge.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • Dan's bewildered mind recalled the fact that orris Head was a rift of red sand and soft sandstone.

    The Deemster

    Hall Caine
  • The orris root of commerce is supplied by Iris florentina which has a fragrant root.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • It has a charming violet-like odor, and is the well-known sweet orris root (the name corrupted from Iris) of commerce.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • He kept his face against her hair, soft and silky, and fragrant with orris—forgetting himself utterly in his loving pity for her.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
British Dictionary definitions for orris

orris1

/ˈɒrɪs/
noun
1.
any of various irises, esp Iris florentina, that have fragrant rhizomes
2.
Also called 'orrisroot. the rhizome of such a plant, prepared and used as perfume
Word Origin
C16: variant of iris

orris2

/ˈɒrɪs/
noun
1.
a kind of lace made of gold or silver, used esp in the 18th century
Word Origin
from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold
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