pomander

[ poh-man-der, poh-man-der ]
/ ˈpoʊ mæn dər, poʊˈmæn dər /

noun

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.

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Origin of pomander

1425–75; earlier pomaundre, pomemandre,late Middle English pomendambre<Middle French pome d'ambre (compare obsolete English pom(e)amber) <Medieval Latin pōmum ambrē (Latin ambrae) literally, apple of amber. See pome, amber
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British Dictionary definitions for pomander

pomander
/ (pəʊˈmændə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pomander

C15: from Old French pome d'ambre, from Medieval Latin pōmum ambrae apple of amber
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