[ kris-muhs rohz ]
/ ˈkrɪs məs ˌroʊz /
a European hellebore, Helleborus niger, widely cultivated for its attractive and hardy evergreen leaves and white-to-purplish flowers that bloom in the winter: the entire Christmas rose plant is poisonous.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also called black hel·le·bore [blak-hel-uh-bawr], /ˈblæk ˈhɛl əˌbɔr/, winter rose.
Origin of Christmas rose
First recorded in 1680–90
Words nearby Christmas rose
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Example sentences from the Web for Christmas rose
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
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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