from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a bag or box as a protection against odor or infection, formerly worn on one's person but now usually placed in a dresser drawer or closet.
- n. A case, box, or bag for holding this mixture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mixture of aromatic substances, made into a ball and carried as a protection against infection
- n. An orange, studded with cloves, hung in a wardrobe to provide a sweet smell
- n. A case in which an aromatic ball was carried
- n. A perforated container filled with pot-pourri for placing in a wardrobe etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perfume to be carried with one, often in the form of a ball.
- n. A box to contain such perfume, formerly carried by ladies, as at the end of a chain; -- more properly pomander box.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A perfume-ball, or a mixture of perfumes, formerly carried in the pocket or suspended from the neck or the girdle, especially as an amulet, or to prevent infection in time of plague.
- n. A hollow ball or round box used for carrying about the person the ball above described, and sometimes pierced with small openings to allow the perfume to escape.
Middle English pomendambre, alteration of Old French pome d'embre, apple of amber, from Medieval Latin pōmum dē ambrā : pōmum, apple, ball (from Latin, fruit) + Latin dē, of; see de- + ambrā, ablative of ambra, amber; see amber.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)