from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several cultivated roses derived from Rosa odorata, native to China, having fragrant yellowish or pink flowers.
  • n. Any of a group of roses introduced into cultivation prior to 1867 and having relatively few thorns, glossy leaves, and open, cup-shaped flowers that bloom nearly year-round.
  • n. A pale to strong yellowish pink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a delicate and graceful variety of the rose (Rosa Indica, var. odorata), introduced from China, and so named from its scent. Many varieties are now cultivated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See rose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several hybrid bush roses derived from a tea-scented Chinese rose with pink or yellow flowers


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