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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Wildwood’s botanical mix also includes Seville oranges, cardamom, orris root, Douglas fir needles and Braeburn apples — the latter two harvested from Liedholm’s backyard. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, 20 June 2018 Now add your second charge of lighter botanicals: the allspice, cardamom, orris root, ginger, grapefruit peel, rosemary, vanilla bean, rhubarb root, rosebuds, calendula, and yarrow. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2018 Other notes come from orris root blended with patchouli; its inherent headiness is tempered by the freshness of jasmine. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, 19 Apr. 2018

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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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“Orris root.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orris%20root. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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

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