dog rose

dog rose

noun
an Old World wild rose, Rosa canina, having pink or white flowers.

Origin:
1590–1600

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dog rose
 
n
a prickly wild rose, Rosa canina, that is native to Europe and has pink or white delicate scentless flowers
 
[translation of the Latin name, from Greek; from the belief that its root was effective against the bite of a mad dog]

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