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 (pō′măn′dər, pō-măn′-)
1. A small scented object, especially:
a. An orange or other fruit studded with spices such as cloves, used to freshen the air in a closet or dresser drawer.
b. A ball-shaped arrangement of flowers hung from a ribbon and carried, as at a wedding.
c. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a bag or box, formerly worn on one's person as a protection against odor or infection.
2. A case, box, or bag for wearing a mixture of aromatic substances on one's person.

[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 , of; see de- + ambrā, ablative of ambra, amber; see amber.]


1. (Historical Terms) a mixture of aromatic substances in a sachet or an orange, formerly carried as scent or as a protection against disease
2. (Historical Terms) a container for such a mixture
[C15: from Old French pome d'ambre, from Medieval Latin pōmum ambrae apple of amber]


(ˈpoʊ mæn dər, poʊˈmæn dər)

1. a mixture of aromatic substances, often in the form of a ball, formerly carried on the person as a supposed guard against infection but now placed for fragrance in closets, dressers, etc.
2. the bag or case in which this was formerly carried.
3. an orange or apple stuck with cloves, used to impart fragrance to closets, dressers, etc.
[1425–75; earlier pomaundre, pomemandre, late Middle English pomendambre < Middle French pome d'ambre < Medieval Latin pōmum ambrē literally, apple of amber. See pome, amber]


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