from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beautiful cultivated rose, so named from its moss-like calyx. It is considered a variety of the cabbage-rose.


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  • Faith had a lovely moss-rose in her hat — a rose just peeping through its lattice at mankind, before it should open and blush at them — and she knew what it was that he admired more than the sweetest rose that ever gemmed itself with dew.


  • The footstool was the right size for a table with a fringed napkin for a tablecloth; and Adelaide had her own little set of dishes, white with a moss-rose pattern.

    Caddie Woodlawn’s Family

  • Serenely unkempt were those final years, free from conflict, doubt or dismay, while she reverted gently to a rustic simplicity as a moss-rose reverts to a wild one.

    Cider With Rosie

  • She was pulling weeds out of the moss-rose bed, the seed of which she had brought from home, when Enoch came, and she saw that his lips were quivering.

    The Dollmaker

  • Here was a small single moss-rose plant, in a pot, which is the only one

    A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792

  • She was but a girl -- a mere child, he said; and yet there was something more than childish grace in that light, but rounded form, where beauty was more than budding, but not quite blossomed, like a moss-rose in its loveliest state of loveliness.

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851

  • Among them were to be noticed many minute patterns of the most delicate star-crystals, and the surface of the floor was nearly covered with congelations of the purest white, resembling in shape, size, and beauty the leaf of the moss-rose.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • Avenel -- burying under her embrace blue coat, moss-rose, white waistcoat and all -- with a vehement sob and a loud exclamation!

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • I cherished this moss-rose a long time as a sacred talisman; I had reason to cherish it always, as the record of the first victory won over myself.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • The bloom of the moss-rose, the blush of the morning,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

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