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Definitions for orris
ˈɔr ɪs, ˈɒr-or·ris

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Florentine iris, orris, Iris germanica florentina, Iris florentinanoun

    German iris having large white flowers with lavender-tinged falls and a fragrant rhizome

  2. orrisroot, orrisnoun

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


  1. orrisnoun

    any of several irises that have a fragrant root, especially Iris germanica (variety florentina)

  2. orrisnoun

    the fragrant root of such an iris; the orris root

  3. orrisnoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Orrisnoun

    A plant and flower.

    Etymology: oris, Latin.

    It hath no leaves to the flower, but consists of many stamina arising from a five-leaved empalement. The pointal becomes the seed, which is flat and orbicular, and inclosed in the empalement, which becomes a foliaceous capsule, in which are included two sorts of seeds. Philip Miller.

    The nature of the orris root is almost singular; for roots that are in any degree sweet, it is but the same sweetness with the wood or leaf; but the orris is not sweet in the leaf; neither is the flower any thing so sweet as the root. Francis Bacon.

  2. Orrisnoun

    A sort of gold or silver lace.

    Etymology: old Fr.


  1. orris

    Orris is a term referring to the root of the iris plant, specifically the Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida species. It is typically used in perfumery and in the production of some spirits and beers due to its sweet, floral scent. The root is usually dried and aged for several years to develop its aroma.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Orris

    or′is, n. a species of iris in the south of Europe, the dried root of which has the smell of violets, used in perfumery.—Also Orr′ice.

  2. Orris

    or′is, n. a peculiar kind of gold or silver lace: upholsterers' galloon and gimp. [Orphrey.]

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  1. ORRIS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Orris is ranked #15363 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Orris surname appeared 1,909 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Orris.

    95% or 1,815 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 21 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 16 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of orris in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of orris in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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