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Christmas rose

  1. a European hellebore, Helleborus niger, having evergreen leaves and white-to-purplish flowers that bloom in the winter.
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Origin of Christmas rose

First recorded in 1680–90
Also called winter rose.
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Historical Examples

  • In the south it blooms in January and is sometimes called Christmas-rose.

    Field Book of Western Wild Flowers

    Margaret Armstrong

British Dictionary definitions for christmas rose

Christmas rose

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