[ rohz-root, -root ]

  1. any of certain perennial mountain plants, as Sedum rosea,Sedum rhodiola, or Rhodiola rosea, so called because the roots smell like roses.

Origin of roseroot

First recorded in 1350–1400; rose1 + root1

Words Nearby roseroot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use roseroot in a sentence

  • The root has a pleasant rose-like odor, which gives rise to the name roseroot, sometimes used for this species.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain | Edith S. Clements

British Dictionary definitions for rose-root


  1. a Eurasian crassulaceous mountain plant, Sedum rosea, with fleshy pink-tipped leaves, a thick fleshy pinkish underground stem, and a cluster of yellow flowers: Also called: midsummer-men

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