Synonyms for rose

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Above, below, the rose of snow, Twined with her blushing foe we spread.

My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.

It was after eleven o'clock when Evelyn rose to go to her room.

To his unutterable astonishment Andy rose and stepped between him and the door.

He rose with the blow; all his energy, from wrist to instep, was in that lifting drive.

Soon she rose with a determined air and joined Austin by the window.

He rose, saw Katherine, Austin, and Viviette on the threshold.

"Rose campion," she said, parting the stems with her long, thin fingers.

Cissy sent her a look, a signal, and rose; she stood by the doorway.

And Jeff Rankin rose without a word and lumbered to the top of the hill.


Old English rose, from Latin rosa (source of Italian and Spanish rosa, French rose; also source of Dutch roos, German Rose, Swedish ros, Polish rozha, Russian roza, Lithuanian rozhe, Hungarian rózsa, Irish ros, Welsh rhosyn, etc.), probably via Italian and Greek dialects from Greek rhodon "rose" (Aeolic wrodon), ultimately from Persian *vrda-.

But cf. Tucker: "The rose was a special growth of Macedonia & the Thracian region as well as of Persia, & the Lat. & Gk. names prob. came from a Thraco-Phrygian source." Aramaic warda is from Old Persian; the modern Persian cognate, via the usual sound changes, is gul, source of Turkish gül "rose." Klein proposes a PIE *wrdho- "thorn, bramble."

The form of the English word was influenced by the French. Used as a color name since 1520s. In English civil wars of 15c., the white rose was the badge of the House of York, the red of its rival Lancaster. In the figurative sense, bed of roses is from 1590s. To come up roses is attested from 1969; the image, though not the wording, from 1855. To come out smelling like a rose is from 1968. Rose of Sharon (Song of Sol. ii:1) is attested from 1610s and named for the fertile strip of coastal Palestine. The flower has not been identified; used in U.S. since 1847 of the Syrian hibiscus.



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