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tea rose

noun, Horticulture.
any of several cultivated varieties of roses having a scent resembling that of tea.
Origin of tea rose
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She brought the tea-rose to earth with a bang, and stood like a soldier at attention.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • It is a solid soft pink mass, and it tastes just as a tea-rose smells.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • Claire has a tea-rose, but she didn't plant it; Ben has an iris, but I don't want it.

    Fairies and Fusiliers Robert Graves
  • A York and Lancaster in her hair, a tea-rose in her bosom, and she was ready.

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • Your bouquet is to be cream-coloured, too, with just a tea-rose or so.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • This oil, which has what is generally termed a "tea-rose odour," is occasionally used as an adulterant for otto of rose.

  • Cover with champagne, thoroughly chilled, and sprinkle with tea-rose petals.

  • The tea-rose cloud had disappeared entirely; only its poor counterfeit remained.

    The Other Fellow F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Rosa odoràta, or tea-rose, celebrated in this country for its fragrance being similar to fine Hyson tea.

  • The flower bud is larger than that of the tea-rose; the petals large but loose, colour light blush.

British Dictionary definitions for tea-rose

tea rose

any of several varieties of hybrid rose that are derived from Rosa odorata and have pink or yellow flowers with a scent resembling that of tea
  1. a yellowish-pink colour
  2. (as adjective): tea-rose walls
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tea-rose

1825, from tea + rose (n.1); so called because it has a scent supposed to resemble that of tea.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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