Origin of orrisprobably altered from Middle English ireos from Medieval Latin yreos from Classical Greek ireos, made from iris from iris, iris
- Any of several species of iris having a fragrant rootstock, especially Iris pallida and cultivars of the hybrid species I. &botx;germanica.
- The fragrant rootstock of an orris, used chiefly in perfumes. Also called orrisroot .
Origin of orrisProbably alteration of Middle English yreos from Medieval Latin alteration of Latin īris ; see iris .
- A type of gold or silver lace.
- A 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.