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rose-water

[rohz-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈroʊzˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
having the aroma or fragrance of rose water.
2.
affectedly delicate, nice, or fine; sentimental:
a Victorian novelist with a genteel, rose-water style.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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Examples for rosewater
  • Finally he added a little concentrated rosewater and put all in the bowel.
British Dictionary definitions for rosewater

rose-water

noun
1.
  1. scented water used as a perfume and in cooking, made by the distillation of rose petals or by impregnation with oil of roses
  2. (as modifier) rose-water scent
2.
(modifier) elegant or delicate, esp excessively so
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Word Origin and History for rosewater

rose-water

n.

late 14c., water tinctured with oil of roses, from rose (n.1) + water (n.1). Symbolic of affected delicacy or sentimentalism. Cf. Middle Dutch rosenwater, Dutch rozenwater, German Rosenwasser.

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