rockrose
noun Date: 1731 any of a genus (Cistus of the family Cistaceae, the rockrose family) of shrubs or woody herbs of the Mediterranean region with simple entire leaves, roselike flowers, and a capsular fruit

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  • Rockrose — Rock rose , n. (Bot.) A name given to any species of the genus {Helianthemum}, low shrubs or herbs with yellow flowers, especially the European {Helianthemum vulgare} and the American frostweed, {Helianthemum Canadense}. [1913 Webster] {Cretan… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rockrose — [räk′rōz΄] n. CISTUS adj. designating a family (Cistaceae, order Violales) of bushy dicotyledonous plants, including pinweed and cistus …   English World dictionary

  • rockrose — noun 1. any of numerous varieties of helianthemums having small rose like yellow or white or reddish flowers • Syn: ↑rock rose • Hypernyms: ↑helianthemum, ↑sunrose, ↑sun rose 2. small shrubs of scrub and dry woodland regions of southern Europe… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rockrose — /rok rohz /, n. 1. any plant of the genus Cistus or some allied genus, as Helianthemum. 2. any related plant. [1620 30; ROCK1 + ROSE] * * * …   Universalium

  • rockrose — n. perennial plant with small yellow flowers that resemble wild roses …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rockrose — rock•rose [[t]ˈrɒkˌroʊz[/t]] n. pln any of various plants of the family Cistaceae, esp. of the genus Cistus, having simple, usu. opposite leaves and flowers sometimes resembling a rose • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • rockrose — /ˈrɒkroʊz/ (say rokrohz) noun 1. any plant of the genus Cistus or some allied genus, as Helianthemum. 2. any plant of the family Cistaceae. {rock1 + rose1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • rockrose family — the plant family Cistaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants and shrubs having simple, usually opposite leaves, solitary or clustered flowers, and capsular fruit, and including the frostweed, pinweed, and rockrose. * * * …   Universalium

  • rockrose family — noun shrubs or woody herbs of temperate regions especially Mediterranean • Syn: ↑Cistaceae, ↑family Cistaceae • Hypernyms: ↑dilleniid dicot family • Member Holonyms: ↑Parietales, ↑order Parietales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cretan rockrose — Rockrose Rock rose , n. (Bot.) A name given to any species of the genus {Helianthemum}, low shrubs or herbs with yellow flowers, especially the European {Helianthemum vulgare} and the American frostweed, {Helianthemum Canadense}. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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