Christmas rose

[ kris-muhs rohz ]
/ ˈkrɪs məs ˌroʊz /

noun

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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Also called black hel·le·bore [blak-hel-uh-bawr], /ˈblæk ˈhɛl əˌbɔr/, winter rose.

Origin of Christmas rose

First recorded in 1680–90
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Christmas rose

noun

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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