the bud of a rose.

Origin of rosebud

First recorded in 1605–15; rose1 + bud1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the bud of a rose
literary a pretty young woman
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Word Origin and History for rosebud

1610s, from rose (n.1) + bud (n.). Hence, "young girl in her first bloom, a debutante."

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