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cistus Line breaks: cis¦tus
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪstəs/

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Definition of cistus in English:


A southern European shrub with large white or red flowers, from which the resin ladanum may be extracted. Also called rock rose.
  • Genus Cistus, family Cistaceae
Example sentences
  • Some of the native plants we found growing in the rocky limestone soils of the hills and mountains away from the coastal plains were familiar: cistus, helichrysum, euphorbia, thyme, fennel and rosemary.
  • Olive trees planted in full sun look their best surrounded by scented herbs and silver-grey Mediterranean plants: helichrysum, cistus, lavender, myrtle and rosemary.
  • His garden has a ‘contemplative side’, with plants from China and Japan, including maples and Himalayan poppies, and a sunnier, Mediterranean side, with euphorbia, osteospermum, sedums, cistus and lavenders.


Modern Latin, from Greek kistos.

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