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Christmas rose

noun
1.
a European hellebore, Helleborus niger, having evergreen leaves and white-to-purplish flowers that bloom in the winter.
Also called winter rose.
Origin of Christmas rose
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90
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  • Let the Christmas rose be a harbinger of joy to both of you.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • "It is a Christmas rose, dear," said Thornhill, who had entered as the boy spoke.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • The Christmas rose is one of the most awkward plants to divide successfully.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • Helleborus, or Christmas rose, may be had in flower at the holidays if grown in a frame and protected.

  • He climbed over the railings, knelt down on the sodden grass, and gazed at the Christmas rose.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • The Christmas rose clung tighter to the little brown hand, and drew comfort from the tender grasp.

    The Village of Youth Bessie Hatton
  • And the Christmas rose, holding her blossom-standard in one hand, peeped out.

  • As a cut bloom, the Christmas rose vies with the eucharis and pancratium.

British Dictionary definitions for Christmas rose

Christmas rose

noun
1.
an evergreen ranunculaceous plant, Helleborus niger, of S Europe and W Asia, with white or pinkish winter-blooming flowers Also called hellebore, winter rose
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