- a variety of rose, Rosa centrifolia muscosa, having a mosslike growth on the calyx and stem.
- rose moss.
Origin of moss rose
First recorded in 1725–35
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Examples from the Web for moss rose
The saints watch over you, for your mouth is like a moss-rose!Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
It was composed of white camelias, moss-rose buds, and violets.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
Will you take out that moss-rose, Fanny, and let me hold it in my hand?Hope and Have
"The moss-rose is in bloom," he announced, standing in the parlour door.
They went out into the garden and stood before the moss-rose bush.
- a variety of rose, Rosa centifolia muscosa, that has a mossy stem and calyx and fragrant pink flowers
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