orris root

or·​ris root | \ ˈȯr-əs- How to pronounce orris root (audio) , ˈär- \
variants: or less commonly orris \ ˈȯr-​əs How to pronounce orris root (audio) , ˈär-​ \

Definition of orris root

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

Examples of orris root in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand’s scents are named for cities, from Amsterdam, which combines a note of the city’s tulips and rain with a warmer base of woods and spice, to Bukhara in Uzbekistan, a homage to the ancient silk road centered on orris root. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2021 One features lime, coconut and orris root intended to complement London dry gins like Salcombe’s own Start Point, while the other, orange and rockrose-based version is ideal with pink gins, like its Rosé Sainte Marie. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 18 Dec. 2021 The magnetic heart of orris root and ciste abs center around significant notes of tobacco leaves. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Named for Lord Darnley — who met his future wife, Mary Queen of Scots, at the castle in 1565 — the elderflower is macerated with juniper, orris root, citrus, coriander, and grains of paradise before getting distilled in a traditional copper pot. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Pliny the Elder wrote of orris root’s use in medicine and perfumery in the 1st century AD, commending the Florentine source for its superiority. April Long, Town & Country, 26 Aug. 2021 After the flower blooms, its rhizome (called orris root) must be left in the ground for three years. April Long, Town & Country, 26 Aug. 2021 Featuring a blend of 11 botanicals, including orris root, cassia, elderberries, and citrus, the new gin is clean, crisp, and aromatic. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2020 The botanicals in its existing gin include juniper, coriander seed, orris root, grapefruit, star anise and sage. Brittany Anas, The Know, 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of orris root

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orris root

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

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22 Jan 2022

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“Orris root.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orris%20root. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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or·​ris·​root | \ ˈȯr-əs-ˌrüt, ˈär-əs-, -ˌru̇t How to pronounce orrisroot (audio) \

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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