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wild rose

any native species of rose, usually having a single flower with the corolla consisting of one circle of five roundish, spreading petals.
Origin of wild rose
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And wild-rose, absorbed by that one idea, climbed quickly down the tree to teach the crone.

  • She named it from the wild-rose tint on one cheek of the apple.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Mcher answered: "When plum-trees bear wheat and wild-rose bushes barley, it is appointed I shall leave this place."

  • He was thinking of the wild-rose teacher to whom he had given a lift back in Dakota.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • Kirkwood could see her head above the wild-rose thickets as she went along the high path by the shore.

    In Exile and Other Stories Mary Hallock Foote
  • It was plain that there in the wild-rose hedge he was teaching his son.

  • She was a most lovely girl, with a wild-rose complexion and starlike eyes, and full of life and buoyant hope.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • The woodwork and the furniture were in white enamel; the paper had a pattern of wild-rose.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • Her cheeks began to bloom in a wild-rose tint, and her eyes had a luminous look, as if happiness was shining through them.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Her wild-rose colour came and went; her eyes were full of tears.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
British Dictionary definitions for wild-rose

wild rose

any of numerous roses, such as the dogrose and sweetbrier, that grow wild and have flowers with only one whorl of petals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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