Definition of rugosa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ro͞oˈɡōsə/ Pronunciation: /-zə/
(also rugosa rose)


A widely cultivated Southeast Asian rose with dark green wrinkled leaves and deep pink flowers.
  • Rosa rugosa, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • Not ideal conditions for most roses, but rugosas grow very well for her.
  • This pink, fading with age to green, reminds me of my rugosa roses a bit.
  • Bourbons, damasks, albas, gallicas, mosses and rugosas are all likely groups of roses to choose from for fragrance - the difficulty is narrowing down the candidates.


Late 19th century: feminine of Latin rugosus (see rugose), used as a specific epithet.

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Syllabification: ru·go·sa

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