Definition of rosebay in English:

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rosebay

Pronunciation: /ˈrōzˌbā/

noun

1North American A rhododendron.
  • Genus Rhododendron, family Ericaceae: several species, including the great rhododendron (R. maximum) of eastern North America.
2 (also rosebay willow herb) chiefly British The pink-flowered willow herb Epilobium angustifolium, a common fireweed.
Example sentences
  • After a mile the canopy broke, the sun came in, rosebay willow herb was out in pink and a Painted Lady showed up.
  • London's emblem was aptly the rosebay willow herb - the flower of bomb sites - and Kent's long beer-making heritage was acknowledged by the choice of the hop.
  • In the days of steam, railways sparks set fire to the embankments and rosebay provided colour which passengers enjoyed.

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Syllabification: rose·bay

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