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white rose

noun, English History.
the emblem of the royal house of York.
Origin of white rose
First recorded in 1550-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But this morning it was a white rose which lay back on the pillows.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • She turned, and her fair face took the flush of a white rose.

  • Before them was a flat tombstone sunk in ivy, a white rose at the head.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He was the grandchild of a Plantagenet, and a representative of the white rose.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • Mrs. Pendyce bent down, and took a white rose in her fingers.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • In one hand she held a ring of sausage, and between her lips a white rose.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
  • And first you're like a white rose, and next you're like a red.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Know then that I have found a white rose on the cushion of my prie-Dieu.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • The Duchess knew what the white rose meant to the ladies of Blanchelande.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.

    Salom Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for white rose

white rose

(English history) a widely used emblem or badge of the House of York See also Wars of the Roses, red rose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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