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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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Examples from the web for pomander
  • Create your own scented pomander decoration from oranges or lemons.
  • Make a citrus pomander by inserting cloves into the citrus fruit.
  • Make a citrus pomander by inserting cloves into the cit rus fruit.
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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