- a mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, formerly carried on the person as a supposed guard against infection but now placed in closets, dressers, etc.
- the ball, box, or other case in which it was formerly carried.
Origin of pomander
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Examples from the Web for pomander
He shrugged and pouted and had fresh recourse to his pomander.The Strolling Saint
She had no desire for the pomander, and did not know why she had bought it.
At midnight I lay down in the dark, the pomander under my pillow.
I suggested, and leaned across to lay the pomander in his gnarled hand.
He shook his head, giving back the pomander with marked reluctance.
- a mixture of aromatic substances in a sachet or an orange, formerly carried as scent or as a protection against disease
- a container for such a mixture
C15: from Old French pome d'ambre, from Medieval Latin pōmum ambrae apple of amber
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