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wild rose

any native species of rose, usually having a single flower with the corolla consisting of one circle of five roundish, spreading petals.
Origin of wild rose
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He slept twice on board the wild rose when things had begun to go wrong with him.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • They could be simple, as the wild rose and the primrose are simple.

  • Nelly had a wild rose bloom in her cheek and a light in her eye at this moment.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • "My little Irish wild rose, all sweetness and thorns," he murmured.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • I never will lend wild rose to anybody for that very reason!'

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Joy had vitalized her whole being, had made her beautiful as a wild rose.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • The wild rose is one of the most beautiful flowers on the prairie.

  • She has not much color, but her little face is fresh as a wild rose.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • Even in Hester Street the wild rose from the hedge was not wasted.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
British Dictionary definitions for wild rose

wild rose

any of numerous roses, such as the dogrose and sweetbrier, that grow wild and have flowers with only one whorl of petals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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