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moss rose

a variety of rose, Rosa centrifolia muscosa, having a mosslike growth on the calyx and stem.
Origin of moss rose
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was only the moss-rose in her basket, and the red and white currants that had been given her for her dinner.

  • Will you take out that moss-rose, Fanny, and let me hold it in my hand?

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • One day, to my astonishment, he brought me a moss-rose bud from a bush which had been trained against a column of the veranda.

  • The saints watch over you, for your mouth is like a moss-rose!

  • He picked a moss-rose bud and a few Scotch roses, made them into a posy, and gave them to Florence.

    The Time of Roses L. T. Meade
  • It was composed of white camelias, moss-rose buds, and violets.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • And the surtout, single-breasted, was thrown open gallantly; and in the second button-hole thereof was a moss-rose.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "The moss-rose is in bloom," he announced, standing in the parlour door.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • They went out into the garden and stood before the moss-rose bush.

    Lewis Rand Mary Johnston
  • He had fallen into a reverie, with the moss-rose between his fingers.

    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for moss-rose

moss rose

a variety of rose, Rosa centifolia muscosa, that has a mossy stem and calyx and fragrant pink flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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