Orris Or"ris, n. 1. [Contr. from orfrays, or from arras.] A sort of gold or silver lace. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. A peculiar pattern in which gold lace or silver lace is worked; especially, one in which the edges are ornamented with conical figures placed at equal distances, with spots between them. [1913 Webster]

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  • Orris — Or ris, n. [Prob. corrupted from It. ireos iris. See {Iris}.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Iris} ({Iris Florentina}); a kind of flower de luce. Its rootstock has an odor resembling that of violets. [1913 Webster] {Orris pea} (Med.), an issue pea… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Orris — This unusual and interesting name is of Italian, Latin origin, and derives from one of the earliest Roman names, Horatius . The name is thought to mean something connected with hora , the Latin for hour , but the original meaning has been lost.… …   Surnames reference

  • orris — [ ɒrɪs] (also orris root) noun a preparation of the fragrant rootstock of an iris, used in perfumery and formerly in medicine. Origin C16: appar. an unexplained alt. of iris …   English new terms dictionary

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  • 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

  • orris — orris1 /awr is, or /, n. an iris, Iris germanica florentina, having a fragrant rootstock. Also, orrice. [1535 45; unexplained alter. of IRIS] orris2 /awr is, or /, n. 1. a lace or braid made of gold or silver, much used in the 18th century. 2. a… …   Universalium

  • orris — noun a) any of several irises that have a fragrant root, especially Iris germanica (variety florentina) b) the fragrant root of such an iris; the orrisroot …   Wiktionary