from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See orris.
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Some confectioners and apothecaries very preposterously employ this to colour sugars and to make conserves with, and syrup of violets, by adding some orrice.
Out of this is the presence Chamber wth a Low screen across the roome to keep company off the bed wch is scarlet velvet wth gold orrice and hung wth fine tapistry.
The bed was green velvet Strip'd down very thick with Gold orrice Lace of my hands breadth, and round the bottom 3 such orrices and Gold ffring all round it and gold tassels; so was the Cornish.
The throne and Cannopy here was Scarlet velvet with Rich Gold orrice and window Curtains.
Next it is the Dineing roome some stepps down, where was red silk Curtaines Chaires and stooles, and Benches round the roome all red silk, wth same coulld orrice Lace; here was a white marble table behind the doore as a sideboard, and a Clap table under ye Large Looking Glass between the windows.
This drew me to observe his dress, which, unless you knew the man, you can have no idea how well it suited him: -- a dark snuff-colour'd coat with gold buttons, which I suppose by the fashion of it, was made when he accustomed himself to _tye-wigs_; -- the lace a rich orrice; but then it was so immoderately short, both in the sleeves and skirts, that whilst full dress'd he appeared to want cloathing.
According to this site, you can’t eatanything with soy, corn, beans of any kind, orrice (which I never understood, but whatever).