1 [rohz]
any of the wild or cultivated, usually prickly-stemmed, pinnate-leaved, showy-flowered shrubs of the genus Rosa. Compare rose family.
any of various related or similar plants.
the flower of any such shrub, of a red, pink, white, or yellow color.
the traditional reddish color of this flower, variously a purplish red, pinkish red, or light crimson.
an ornament shaped like or suggesting this flower.
a pink or pinkish-red color in the cheek.
Heraldry. a representation of a wild rose with five petals, usually seeded and barbed in a symmetrical design and used especially as the cadency mark of a seventh son.
any of various diagrams showing directions radiating from a common center, as a compass card or wind rose.
an obsolete gem style or cut, flat on the bottom and having an upper side with from 12, or fewer, to 32 triangular facets.
a gem with this cut.
a perforated cap or plate, as at the end of a pipe or the spout of a watering pot, to break a flow of water into a spray.
an ornamental plate or socket surrounding the shaft of a doorknob at the face of a door.
Mathematics. a plane polar curve consisting of three or more equal loops that meet at the origin. Equation: r = a sin( ) or r = a cos( ).
of the color rose.
for, containing, or growing roses: a rose garden.
scented like a rose.
verb (used with object), rosed, rosing.
to make rose-colored.
to flush (the face, cheeks, etc.).
come up roses, Informal. to turn out all right; result in success, glory, or profit: Despite setbacks, things should come up roses in the long run.

before 900; Middle English; Old English rōse < Latin rosa; akin to Greek rhódon (see rhododendron)

roseless, adjective
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World English Dictionary
rose1 (rəʊz)
1.  a.  any shrub or climbing plant of the rosaceous genus Rosa, typically having prickly stems, compound leaves, and fragrant flowers
 b.  (in combination): rosebush; rosetree
2.  the flower of any of these plants
3.  any of various similar plants, such as the rockrose and Christmas rose
4.  a.  a moderate purplish-red colour; purplish pink
 b.  (as adjective): rose paint
5.  a rose, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of England
6.  jewellery
 a.  a cut for a diamond or other gemstone, having a hemispherical faceted crown and a flat base
 b.  a gem so cut
7.  a perforated cap fitted to the spout of a watering can or the end of a hose, causing the water to issue in a spray
8.  a design or decoration shaped like a rose; rosette
9.  electrical engineering Also called: ceiling rose a circular boss attached to a ceiling through which the flexible lead of an electric-light fitting passes
10.  history red rose See white rose
11.  bed of roses a situation of comfort or ease
12.  under the rose in secret; privately; sub rosa
13.  (tr) to make rose-coloured; cause to blush or redden
[Old English, from Latin rosa, probably from Greek rhodon rose]

rose2 (rəʊz)
the past tense of rise

rosé (ˈrəʊzeɪ)
any pink wine, made either by removing the skins of red grapes after only a little colour has been extracted or by mixing red and white wines
[C19: from French, literally: pink, from Latin rosarose1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. rose, from L. rosa (cf. It., Sp. rosa, Fr. rose; also source of Du. roos, Ger. Rose, Swed. ros, etc.), probably via It. and Gk. dialects from Gk. rhodon "rose" (Aeolic wrodon), ult. from Pers. *vrda-. But cf. Tucker: "The rose was a special growth of Macedonia & the Thracian region as well as of
Persia, & the Lat. & Gk. names prob. came from a Thraco-Phrygian source." Aramaic warda is from O.Pers.; the modern Pers. cognate, via the usual sound changes, is gul, source of Turk. gül "rose." The ultimate source of all this may be PIE *wrdho- "thorn, bramble." Used of a color since 1530. In English civil wars of 15c., the white rose was the badge of the House of York, the red of its rival Lancaster. Rose-water is attested from 1398. Rose-colored "optimistic" is first recorded 1854. In the fig. sense, bed of roses is from 1593. Rosy in the sense of "cheerful" is first recorded 1775; meaning "promising" is from 1887. Rose of Sharon (Song of Sol. ii.1) is attested from 1611 and named for the fertile strip of coastal Palestine. The flower has not been identified; used in U.S. since 1847 of the Syrian hibiscus.

light red wine, 1897, from Fr. vin rosé, lit. "pink wine."
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Bible Dictionary

Rose definition

Many varieties of the rose proper are indigenous to Syria. The famed rose of Damascus is white, but there are also red and yellow roses. In Cant. 2:1 and Isa. 35:1 the Hebrew word _habatstseleth_ (found only in these passages), rendered "rose" (R.V. marg., "autumn crocus"), is supposed by some to mean the oleander, by others the sweet-scented narcissus (a native of Palestine), the tulip, or the daisy; but nothing definite can be affirmed regarding it. The "rose of Sharon" is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound in Palestine. "Mount Carmel especially abounds in the cistus, which in April covers some of the barer parts of the mountain with a glow not inferior to that of the Scottish heather." (See MYRRH ØT0002632 [2].)

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