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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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The Renaissance knew of strange manners of poisoning-- poisoning by a helmet and a lighted torch, by an embroidered glove and a jewelled fan, by a gilded pomander and by an amber chain.
DAYS OUT Tudor Christmas Tours Special guided tours of Blakesely Hall in Yardley, exploring Christmas in the time of the Tudors, with pomander making and wassailing included.
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The place of smell in the early modern period is also investigated through, in one example, the use of the pomander not only as an object thought to hold disease at bay, but also as a literary term for a work intended for carrying about (such as Becons Pomander of Prayer, or Whitney's A Sweet Nosegay).
They wore petite floral halos with white garden roses and baby's breath, and each carried a small pomander ball.
At Shakespeare's Birthplace today there is a Tudor Christmas Decoration Workshop between 1pm and 4pm where families can decorate their own Christmas pomander using oranges, cloves and ribbons and a new contemporary Birthplace lightshow designed by digital artist Anthony Head projected on to the Tudor walls of the Birthplace.
Traditional decorations are making a comeback, and one whiff of the wonderful scent of a pomander ball is all it takes to get me singing Christmas songs.
The Pomander of Prayer: Aspects of Late Medieval English Carthusian Spirituality and Its Lay Audience.
Adults nostalgic for the "good old days" will welcome suggestions to take the family to a state fair, cook chuck wagon stew, or make an old-fashioned pomander as a holiday decoration.
Entre estas joyas destacan las denominadas pomas (51), pomander (52) o Bisamapfel (53), en aleman, que podian ser de dos tipos: esferas de filigrana huecas que se rellenaban de perfumes de pasta con forma redondeada y pequenas bolas que imitaban los gajos de una naranja o una granada en cuatro, seis y hasta ocho compartimentos, que se rellenaban con perfumes liquidos y en los que aparecian grabados los nombres de las sustancias encerrados en ellas.
They include Pineapple Cardamom, featuring warm spicy notes of cardamom, anise and blackpepper with a twist of citrus and dark tonka bean; Balsam Fir Plum, a cool blend of cypress, fir and cedar with a heart of sugared plum and violet along with subtle amber notes; and Crimson Pear Ginger, a holiday pomander of ripe fruits and treasured spices.