orrices

orris

1 [awr-is, or-]
noun
an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.
Also, orrice.


Origin:
1535–45; unexplained alteration of iris

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To orrices
Collins
World English Dictionary
orris or orrice1 (ˈɒrɪs)
 
n
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
 
[C16: variant of iris]
 
orrice or orrice1
 
n
 
[C16: variant of iris]

orris2 (ˈɒrɪs)
 
n
a kind of lace made of gold or silver, used esp in the 18th century
 
[from Old French orfreis, from Latin auriphrygium Phrygian gold]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature