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po·man·der

 (pō′măn′dər, pō-măn′-)
n.
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.]
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pomander

(pəʊˈmændə)
n
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]
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po•man•der

(ˈpoʊ mæn dər, poʊˈmæn dər)

n.
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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Translations

pomander

nDuftkugel f
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References in classic literature ?
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.
At 202 Pomander Road, a 4-bedroom, 1.5-bath colonial on .15 acres went for $660,000.
There are now 56 products in the Frasier Fir scent, including a pomander balland dishwashing liquid.
138-39) on Bleecker Street, with its ornately sculpted parapet of angels and lion heads, and the quaint, flower-lined courtyard at Pomander Walk (p.
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.
Which spice is used with oranges to make a pomander? 8.
" The Pomander of Prayer: Aspects of Late Medieval English Carthusian Spirituality and Its Lay Audience." In "De cella in seculum": Religious and Secular Life and Devotion in Late Medieval England: An Interdisciplinary Conference in Celebration of the Eighth Centenary of the Consecration of St Hugh of Avalon Bishop of Lincoln, 20-22 July, 1986, edited by Michael G.
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.