rose of Jericho
Etymology: Middle English, from Jericho, ancient city in Palestine Date: 15th century an annual herb (Anastatica hierochuntica) of the mustard family found from northern Africa to Iran that rolls up when dry and expands when moistened

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  • Rose of Jericho — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rose of Jericho — n. an Asiatic plant (Anastatica hierochuntica) of the crucifer family, with oval leaves and spikes of small, white flowers: it curls up tightly when dry and expands again when moistened …   English World dictionary

  • rose-of-Jericho — žvynuotoji selaginelė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Selaginelinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Selaginella lepidophylla), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Selaginella lepidophylla angl. resurrection… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • rose of Jericho — an Asian plant, Anastatica hierochuntica, of the mustard family, which, after drying and curling up, expands when moistened. Also called resurrection plant. [1350 1400; ME] * * * ▪ plant also called  resurrection plant        (Anastatica… …   Universalium

  • rose of Jericho — resurrection plant, variety of desert plant belonging to the mustard family that curls up during dry conditions but expands and grows when exposed to moisture (native to Asia and Africa) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rose of Jericho — noun 1. densely tufted fern ally of southwestern United States to Peru; curls up in a tight ball when dry and expands and grows under moist conditions • Syn: ↑resurrection plant, ↑Selaginella lepidophylla • Hypernyms: ↑spikemoss, ↑spike moss,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rose of Jericho — noun a desert plant whose dead branches fold inwards to form a ball, native to North Africa and the Middle East. [Anastatica hierochuntica.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • rose of Jericho — /roʊz əv ˈdʒɛrɪkoʊ/ (say rohz uhv jerikoh) noun an Asian plant, Anastatica hierochuntica, which, after drying and curling up, expands when moistened …   Australian English dictionary

  • Rose of China — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rose of Sharon — Rose Rose, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?, Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F. rose, from the Latin. Cf. {Copperas}, {Rhododendron}.] 1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus {Rosa}, of which there… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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