orris root

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noun or·ris root \ˈȯr-əs-, ˈär-\
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orris

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Definition of orris root

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

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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