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orris

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or or·rice

[ awr-is, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr- /
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noun
an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.
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Origin of orris

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First recorded in 1535–45; unexplained alteration of iris

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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 orfraysorphrey
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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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