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orris1

or orrice

[awr-is, or-] /ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock.
Origin of orris1
1535-1545
1535-45; unexplained alteration of iris

orris2

[awr-is, or-] /ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-/
noun
1.
a lace or braid made of gold or silver, much used in the 18th century.
2.
a galloon used in upholstering.
Origin
1695-1705; perhaps alteration (by influence of arras tapestry) of earlier orfrays orphrey
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  • He asked further questions about Jellies, orris, and the ten bicycles.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Up from them lifted a fragrance that rivaled even that of orris root.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • An excellent tooth powder is made of two thirds French chalk, one third orris root, and a pinch of myrrh.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • In a moment she had gone, distributing as she went a faint, sweet smell of orris.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • What the ending might have been if—if— But it wasn't; she had married orris Hope, the young officer who had rescued her.

    The Worlds of If Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • In the air was the savor of pineapple, the smell of orris, the odor of food and flowers.

  • Then pound the sugar in a marble mortar with two ounces of orris root powder.

  • Dan's bewildered mind recalled the fact that orris Head was a rift of red sand and soft sandstone.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • Though well covered with extract of orris and other matters, it is the leading ingredient in Bayley and Blew's Ess.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse
  • The orris root of commerce is supplied by Iris florentina which has a fragrant root.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
British Dictionary definitions for orris

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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