Definition of orris in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɒrɪs
(also orris root)


[mass noun]
  • A preparation of the fragrant rootstock of an iris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine.
    • The root is usually taken from Iris × germanica variety ‘Florentina’
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    • It contains juniper berries, calendula, peppermint and orris root, and it effectively whitens teeth by helping to prevent plaque build-up and gum disease.
    • Mix the lemon oil with the chopped orris root and add to the dried leaves.
    • The lady's clothes seemed to fill the whole carnage, and out of this little padded box there drifted a perfume of orris, an indefinable scent of feminine elegance.


mid 16th century: apparently an unexplained alteration of iris.

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