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orris

1

or or·rice

[awr-is, or-]
noun
  1. 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

orris

2
[awr-is, or-]
noun
  1. a lace or braid made of gold or silver, much used in the 18th century.
  2. a galloon used in upholstering.
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Origin of orris

2
1695–1705; perhaps alteration (by influence of arras tapestry) of earlier orfrays orphrey
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Historical Examples of orris

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for orris

orris

1

orrice

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
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Word Origin for orris

C16: variant of iris

orris

2
noun
  1. a kind of lace made of gold or silver, used esp in the 18th century
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Word Origin for orris

from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold
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