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[poh-man-der, poh-man-der] /ˈpoʊ mæn dər, poʊˈmæn dər/
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.
Origin of pomander
late Middle English
obsolete English
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 Unabridged
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  • I suggested, and leaned across to lay the pomander in his gnarled hand.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • At midnight I lay down in the dark, the pomander under my pillow.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • In this courtyard, pomander Walk might be acted along the stoops.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • It is not the pomander that I should keep, nor the pomander that holds the powerful spell.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • See how daintily he sniffs at his pomander lest his saintly nostrils be offended by the exhalations of our misery.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He shrugged and pouted and had fresh recourse to his pomander.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "I accept your courteous dismissal, madam," said pomander, grinding his teeth.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • These sounds ceased after a while, and pomander laid his hand on his friend's shoulder.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • pomander recovered himself a little; he laughed with quiet insolence.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • They rejoined the others; but Vane turned his back on pomander, and would not look at him.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for pomander


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