from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several species of iris having a fragrant rootstock, especially a variety of the hybrid Iris germanica.
- n. The fragrant rootstock of the orris, used in perfumes and cosmetics. Also called orrisroot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several irises that have a fragrant root, especially Iris germanica (variety florentina).
- n. The fragrant root of such an iris; the orris root.
- n. A type of gold or silver lace.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Iris (Iris Florentina); a kind of flower-de-luce. Its rootstock has an odor resembling that of violets.
- n. A sort of gold or silver lace.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to laces of varied design in gold and silver.
- n. Galloon and gimp used in upholstery.
- n. A plant from which orris-root is obtained. Also orrice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. German iris having large white flowers with lavender-tinged falls and a fragrant rhizome
- n. fragrant rootstock of various irises especially Florentine iris; used in perfumes and medicines
Probably alteration of Middle English yreos, from Medieval Latin, alteration of Latin īris; see iris.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contracted from orfrays, or from arras. (Wiktionary)