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[eg-luh n-tahyn, -teen]
  1. the sweetbrier.
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Origin of eglantine

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French aiglent (< Vulgar Latin *aculentum, neuter of *aculentus prickly, equivalent to Latin acu(s) needle + -lentus adj. suffix) + -ine -ine1
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Examples from the Web for eglantine

Historical Examples

  • He could think of nothing but an old familiar hedge of eglantine.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • "That fellow Eglantine will create another Pun-ic war," said Sparkle.

    The English Spy

    Bernard Blackmantle

  • His sister was also a poet and her verses are included in the “Wreath of Eglantine.”

  • This meed of poetic honour was an eglantine composed of silver.

  • But Sidonie cared no more for lilies of the valley than for eglantine.

British Dictionary definitions for eglantine


  1. another name for sweetbrier
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French aiglent, ultimately from Latin acus needle, from acer sharp, keen
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Word Origin and History for eglantine


"sweet briar," c.1400, from French églantine, from Old French aiglent "dog rose," from Vulgar Latin *aquilentus "rich in prickles," from Latin aculeus "spine, prickle," diminutive of acus "needle" (see acuity).

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