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orris1

[awr-is, or-] /ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.
Also, orrice.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; unexplained alteration of iris
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British Dictionary definitions for orrice

orris1

/ˈɒrɪs/
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
C16: variant of iris

orris2

/ˈɒrɪs/
noun
1.
a kind of lace made of gold or silver, used esp in the 18th century
Word Origin
from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold
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