American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rose (Rosa damascena) native to Asia that has fragrant red or pink flowers and is used as a source of attar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) a large, pink, hardy, and very fragrant variety of rose (Rosa damascena) from Damascus.
- n. large hardy very fragrant pink rose; cultivated in Asia Minor as source of attar of roses; parent of many hybrids
- From Middle English Damask, Damascus; see damask. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It contains, among other pieces, the song entitled "Ask if the damask rose be sweet," from "Susannah, an oratorio by Mr. Handell," and also a minuet by the same”
“THE last we shall now mention seems nearly allied to the Alcea; the flowers are a size less than the Hibiscus, and of a fine damask rose colour, and are produced in great profusion on the tall pyramidal stems.”
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“And Ivy Lodge was indeed a pleasant home, and every field and hedge-row belonging to it was lovely to Eleanor; but the broad manors of Rythdale Priory for extent would swallow up many such, and for beauty and dignity were as a damask rose to a bit of eglantine.”
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