eglantine

[eg-luh n-tahyn, -teen]

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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eglantine

noun
  1. another name for sweetbrier

Word Origin for eglantine

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

"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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