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[eg-luh n-tahyn, -teen] /ˈɛg lənˌtaɪn, -ˌtin/
the sweetbrier.
Origin of eglantine
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 Unabridged
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  • To do my poor eglantine justice, he did not care for the hundred thousand acres—it was the star that delighted him—ah!

    Men's Wives William Makepeace Thackeray
  • His sister was also a poet and her verses are included in the “Wreath of eglantine.”

  • eglantine confesses that she helped to ruin Euryanthe in the hope of winning Adolar, and is promptly stabbed by Lysiart.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • "That fellow eglantine will create another Pun-ic war," said Sparkle.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • And afterward he was led into a garden of Caiphas, and there he was crowned with eglantine.

  • This meed of poetic honour was an eglantine composed of silver.

  • Indeed, eglantine's proposition is gladly accepted by the young women.

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • But Sidonie cared no more for lilies of the valley than for eglantine.

  • eglantine took a hand, which Morgiana did not refuse; he thought about old times.

    Men's Wives William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Hidden by brier and eglantine, they are fast losing all traces of cultivation.

    Sylvie: souvenirs du Valois Grard de Nerval
British Dictionary definitions for eglantine


another name for sweetbrier
Word Origin
C14: from Old French aiglent, ultimately from Latin acus needle, from acer sharp, keen
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Word Origin and History for eglantine

"sweet briar," c.1400, from French églantine, from Old French aiglent "dog rose," from Vulgar Latin *aquilentus "rich in prickles," from Latin aculeus "spine, prickle," diminutive of acus "needle" (see acuity).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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