orris

1

or or·rice

[awr-is, or-]

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.

Origin of orris

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

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

Word Origin for orris

from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold
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