rosebay
noun Date: 1760 1. rhododendron; especially great laurel 2. fireweed b

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  • Rosebay — Rose bay , n. (Bot.) (a) the oleander. [Obs.] (b) Any shrub of the genus {Rhododendron}. [U.S.] (c) An herb ({Epilobium spicatum}) with showy purple flowers, common in Europe and North America; called also {great willow herb}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rosebay — [rōz′bā΄] n. 1. RHODODENDRON 2. OLEANDER …   English World dictionary

  • rosebay — noun 1》 (also rosebay willowherb) a tall willowherb with pink flowers, native to north temperate regions. [Epilobium angustifolium.] 2》 N. Amer. an azalea. [Rhododendron lapponicum (Lapland rosebay) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • rosebay — Oleander O le*an der, n. [F. ol[ e]andre (cf. It. oleandro, LL. lorandrum), prob. corrupted, under the influence of laurus laurel, fr. L. rhododendron, Gr. ?; ? rose + ? tree.] (Bot.) A beautiful evergreen shrub ({Nerium oleander}) of the Dogbane …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rosebay — noun a) oleander b) rosebay willowherb …   Wiktionary

  • rosebay — /rohz bay /, n. 1. any of several rhododendrons, as the great laurel of eastern North America or Rhododendron macrophyllum, of the west coast of North America. 2. Brit. the willow herb, Epilobium angustifolium. [1540 50; ROSE1 + BAY4] * * * …   Universalium

  • rosebay — n. (Botany) great laurel, rhododendron bearing pink flowers; azalea; oleander, poisonous evergreen bush with red and white flowers (native to the Mediterranean region) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rosebay — n. Rhododendron …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • rosebay — rose·bay …   English syllables

  • rosebay — rose•bay [[t]ˈroʊzˌbeɪ[/t]] n. pln any of several rhododendrons, as the great laurel of E North America or Rhododendron macrophyllum, of the W coast of North America • Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

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