tea rose

Origin of tea rose

First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for tea-rose

Historical Examples of tea-rose

  • She brought the tea-rose to earth with a bang, and stood like a soldier at attention.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia

    Mabel Barnes-Grundy

  • It is a solid soft pink mass, and it tastes just as a tea-rose smells.

    As Seen By Me

    Lilian Bell

  • Claire has a tea-rose, but she didn't plant it; Ben has an iris, but I don't want it.

  • A York and Lancaster in her hair, a tea-rose in her bosom, and she was ready.


    Mrs. George Croft Huddleston

  • Your bouquet is to be cream-coloured, too, with just a tea-rose or so.

    Uncle Max

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

British Dictionary definitions for tea-rose

tea rose

  1. any of several varieties of hybrid rose that are derived from Rosa odorata and have pink or yellow flowers with a scent resembling that of tea
    1. a yellowish-pink colour
    2. (as adjective)tea-rose walls
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Word Origin and History for tea-rose

1825, from tea + rose (n.1); so called because it has a scent supposed to resemble that of tea.

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