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hose-in-hose Line breaks: hose-in-hose

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Definition of hose-in-hose in English:


(Especially of a polyanthus or other primula) having petal-like sepals, and so appearing to have one corolla within another.
Example sentences
  • The flowers are exceptionally striking with many semi-double and hose-in-hose forms and frilled petals.
  • Flowers can range to over 4 inches in diameter, and be single, hose-in-hose, semi-double and double.
  • A few ardent collectors preserved hose-in-hose color strains by vegetative propagation, but each plant yielded only a few offspring and disease progressively weakened the old stock.
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