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white rose

noun, English History
the emblem of the royal house of York.
Origin of white rose
1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was a white rose in her wreath of plaits, and when I bent to speak to her the fragrance floated about me.

  • But this morning it was a white rose which lay back on the pillows.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • If you eat the red rose, a little boy will be born to you: if you eat the white rose, a little girl will be sent.

    East of the Sun and West of the Moon Peter Christen Asbjrnsen
  • Mrs. Pendyce bent down, and took a white rose in her fingers.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Griswold had missed the white rose that he had begun to associate with Barbara, and he grew suddenly daring and spoke of it.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • And first you're like a white rose, and next you're like a red.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • In one hand she held a ring of sausage, and between her lips a white rose.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
  • She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.

    Salom Oscar Wilde
  • I would wear forever on my conscience the white rose of theft and the red rose of arson.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • He was got up to perfection as usual, and wore a white rose in his button-hole.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for white rose

white rose

(English history) a widely used emblem or badge of the House of York See also Wars of the Roses, red rose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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