noun Date: 1598 the fragrant rootstock of any of three European irises (Iris florentina, I. germanica, and I. pallida) used especially in perfumery

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  • orrisroot — [ôr′isro͞ot΄, är′isro͞ot΄] n. the rootstock of the orris: pulverized and used in perfumery, tooth powders, etc …   English World dictionary

  • orrisroot — /awr is rooht , root , or /, n. the rootstock of the orris, used in perfumery, medicine, etc. [1590 1600; ORRIS1 + ROOT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • orrisroot — or·ris·root ȯr əs .rüt, är əs , .ru̇t n the fragrant rootstock of any of three European irises (Iris pallida, I. florentina, and I. germanica) used in pulverized form in perfumery and pharmacology called also orris …   Medical dictionary

  • orrisroot — n. root of the orris plant (often used in perfumes) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orrisroot — or•ris•root [[t]ˈɔr ɪsˌrut, ˌrʊt, ˈɒr [/t]] n. the rootstock of the orris …   From formal English to slang

  • orrisroot — /ˈɒrəsrut/ (say oruhsrooht) noun the rootstock of the orris, used as a perfume, etc. {orris1 + root1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • orrisroot — n. the fragrant rootstock of the orris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine. * * * noun fragrant rootstock of various irises especially Florentine iris; used in perfumes and medicines • Syn: ↑orris • Hypernyms: ↑root • Member Holonyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • orrisroot oil — noun see orris oil …   Useful english dictionary

  • orris — n. 1 any plant of the genus Iris, esp. I. florentina. 2 = ORRISROOT. Phrases and idioms: orris powder powdered orrisroot. Etymology: 16th c.: app. an unexpl. alt. of IRIS …   Useful english dictionary

  • orris — noun Etymology: probably alteration of Middle English ireos, from Medieval Latin, alteration of Latin iris iris Date: 1545 orrisroot …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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