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- 1a prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions. Numerous hybrids and cultivars have been developed and are widely grown as ornamentals.
- Genus Rosa, family Rosaceae (the rose family). This large family includes most temperate fruits (apple, plum, peach, cherry, blackberry, strawberry) as well as the hawthorns, rowans, potentillas, and avens
verb[with object] literary
Old English rōse, of Germanic origin, from Latin rosa; reinforced in Middle English by Old French rose