orris

1

or or·rice

[ awr-is, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr- /

noun

an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.

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Origin of orris

1
First recorded in 1535–45; unexplained alteration of iris

Definition for orris (2 of 2)

orris2
[ awr-is, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr- /

noun

a lace or braid made of gold or silver, much used in the 18th century.
a galloon used in upholstering.

Origin of orris

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1695–1705; perhaps alteration (by influence of arras tapestry) of earlier orfrays orphrey
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British Dictionary definitions for orris (1 of 2)

orris1

orrice

/ (ˈɒrɪs) /

noun

any of various irises, esp Iris florentina, that have fragrant rhizomes
Also called: 'orrisroot the rhizome of such a plant, prepared and used as perfume

Word Origin for orris

C16: variant of iris

British Dictionary definitions for orris (2 of 2)

orris2
/ (ˈɒrɪs) /

noun

a kind of lace made of gold or silver, used esp in the 18th century

Word Origin for orris

from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold
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