eglantine

eglantine

[eg-luhn-tahyn, -teen]
noun
the sweetbrier.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French aiglent (< Vulgar Latin *aculentum, neuter of *aculentus prickly, equivalent to Latin acu(s) needle + -lentus adj. suffix) + -ine -ine1

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eglantine (ˈɛɡlənˌtaɪn)
 
n
another name for sweetbrier
 
[C14: from Old French aiglent, ultimately from Latin acus needle, from acer sharp, keen]

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eglantine
"sweet briar," c.1400, from O.Fr. aiglent "dog rose," from V.L. *aquilentus "rich in prickles," from L. aculeus "spine, prickle," dim. of acus "needle" (see acuity).
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