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any plant of the genus Cistus See rockrose
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, from Greek kistos
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  • I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep and brilliant green.

  • So we drove on among the cistus bushes and I asked him about the lottery.

    Diversions in Sicily H. Festing Jones
  • I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep or brilliant green.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Her pride fell flat, as the cistus stamen at a touch droops away on the petal.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Polyadelphia: stamens united into three or more bundles; as in hypericum and cistus.

  • Yet there seems little doubt the word was first applied to the gum of the cistus.

  • By his side a cistus was in bloom, its petals falling upon the long grass and the broken stone.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • The whole ground in front of her was a mass of shimmering gold, where the cistus flowers spread their yellow blossoms.

    Heidi Johanna Spyri
  • Among the sweet shrubs from the nearer of these southern regions, one of the best for English gardens is cistus laurifolius.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • They reached an open moor, where there were rocks covered with cistus and wild vine.

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