from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See orris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fragrant rootstock of various irises especially Florentine iris; used in perfumes and medicines


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Lead combs to darken the eyebrows and lashes, pots of powdered orrisroot and rice powder, even a stick of what I assumed was kohl, though I had never seen any, and a delicate lidded porcelain cup of French rouge, incised with a row of gilded swans.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • I found some of the orrisroot powder and aromatic vinegar that Mrs. Fitz had used to treat Jamie MacTavish's injuries.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Dry lavender, oak moss, sandalwood or orrisroot are good choices and are available in chopped form at many herb and spice shops or drug stores.

    How to make Rose Potpourri

  • He spoke about sunsets and the lustrous effect of high noon on bird plumage; he quoted Voltaire; he walked alone through thickets of orrisroot with a set of magnifying glasses, in pursuit of miniature kingdoms.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • Through the partition he could hear the clear, sonorous voice of Reine singing her father to sleep with one of the popular ballads of the country, and while turning and twisting in the homespun linen sheets, scented with orrisroot, he could not help thinking of this young girl, so original in her ways, whose grace, energy, and frankness fascinated and shocked him at the same time.

    A Woodland Queen — Complete

  • Willow-bark tea, "she explained in an aside to me," wi 'a bit of ground orrisroot. "

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Perhaps she hopes they may be found, smelling faintly of orrisroot, if she predeceases you.”

    Death in Ecstasy


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.