orris root

noun or·ris root \ ˈȯr-əs- , ˈär- \
variants: or less commonly orris play \ˈȯr-əs, ˈär-\
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of orris root

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

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Origin and Etymology of orris root

orris, earlier oreys, arras, probably altered from Latin īris 1iris, though alteration of vowels is unexplained


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orrisroot

noun or·ris·root \ ˈȯr-əs-ˌrüt, ˈär-əs-, -ˌru̇t \

medical Definition of orrisroot

: 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

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