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Christmas rose

noun
1.
a European hellebore, Helleborus niger, having evergreen leaves and white-to-purplish flowers that bloom in the winter.
Also called winter rose.
Origin of Christmas rose
1680-1690
1680-90
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  • The Christmas rose is one of the most awkward plants to divide successfully.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • As a cut bloom, the Christmas rose vies with the eucharis and pancratium.

  • "It is a Christmas rose, dear," said Thornhill, who had entered as the boy spoke.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • And the Christmas rose, holding her blossom-standard in one hand, peeped out.

  • Let the Christmas rose be a harbinger of joy to both of you.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • The Christmas rose clung tighter to the little brown hand, and drew comfort from the tender grasp.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • Helleborus, or Christmas rose, may be had in flower at the holidays if grown in a frame and protected.

  • He climbed over the railings, knelt down on the sodden grass, and gazed at the Christmas rose.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
British Dictionary definitions for Christmas rose

Christmas rose

noun
1.
an evergreen ranunculaceous plant, Helleborus niger, of S Europe and W Asia, with white or pinkish winter-blooming flowers Also called hellebore, winter rose
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