Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or belonging to the rose family.
  • adj. Resembling the flower of a rose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a rose, or a member of the Rosaceae family of plants.
  • adj. Resembling a rose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a natural order of plants (Rosaceæ) of which the rose is the type. It includes also the plums and cherries, meadowsweet, brambles, the strawberry, the hawthorn, applies, pears, service trees, and quinces.
  • adj. Like a rose in shape or appearance.
  • adj. Of a pure purpish pink color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany: Rose-like; having a corolla composed of several wide-spreading roundish petals, with the claws very short or almost wanting.
  • Of or pertaining to the order Rosaceæ.
  • In zoology, of a rosy color; rose-red; rosy; roseate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of plants of the family Rosaceae
  • adj. of something having a dusty purplish pink color

Etymologies

From Latin rosāceus, made of roses, from rosa, rose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 'Grass-rose,' or put it out of court for having no petals; but it certainly shall not be called rosaceous; and my first point will be to make sure of my pupils having a clear idea of the central and unquestionable forms of thistle, grass, or rose, and assigning to them pure Latin, and pretty

    Proserpina, Volume 1 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • Special plant communities include rosaceous chaparral and oak-juniper woodlands.

    Proclamation On The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

  • It produces its flowers in early summer, and when a good-sized bush, well covered with clusters of white blossoms resembling those of some species of Cratægus, it has a handsome appearance, and, like most other rosaceous shrubs, powerfully fragrant.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882

  • Flanking and behind us marched the giant batrachians, fivescore of them at least, black scale and crimson scale lus-trous and gleaming in the rosaceous radiance; saucer eyes shining circles of phosphorescence green, purple, red; spurs clicking as they crouched along with a gait at once gro-tesque and formidable.

    The Moon Pool

  • Flanking and behind us marched the giant batrachians, fivescore of them at least, black scale and crimson scale lustrous and gleaming in the rosaceous radiance; saucer eyes shining circles of phosphorescence green, purple, red; spurs clicking as they crouched along with a gait at once grotesque and formidable.

    The Moon Pool

  • Whatever they lost in the cessation of uncomfortable communion at the eyrie, or lair, of the Dragon was more than made up for by the sub-rosaceous, or semi-clandestine, character of the intercourse that was left.

    Somehow Good

  • La Pierina had already darted into the spacious porch whose lofty, vaulted ceiling was adorned with coffers displaying a rosaceous pattern.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • He was gladdened and rejoiced in the good news and when the months of gestation were completed the labour-pains set in and she was delivered of a girl-child (praise be to Him who had created and had perfected what He had produced in this creation!), which was winsome of face and lovesome of form and fair fashioned of limbs, with cheeks rosaceous and eyne gracious and eyebrows continuous and perfect in symmetrical proportion.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Selective breeding has led to the improvement of most rosaceous species during the last 6,000 years, scientists say, making today's varieties bigger and juicier than their wild cousins.

    TV 7&4 - Local News

  • Some non-rosaceous trees and shrubs as hosts to nematode-borne viruses

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