from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of lyrical poetry, traditionally Provençal, about lovers who must part at dawn.
- n. A white-flowered shrub rose of the hybrid Rosa × alba.
- n. A flower of the hybrid Rosa × alba.
- n. Plural form of album.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. White fibrous nerve-tissue, as distinguished from the gray or cellular.
First attested in 1821; from the Occitan alba, ultimately from the Latin albus ("white"); compare the Spanish alba ("dawn"). (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1848; from the Latin alba (the feminine form of albus, “white”) in the now-disused species name of binomial nomenclature Rosa alba (it is now considered a hybrid and is accordingly called Rosa × alba). (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1859; from the Latin alba, the nominative plural form of album ("blank tablet"), whence the English album. (Wiktionary)