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

  • n. A fragrant preparation made by steeping or distilling rose petals in water, used in cosmetics, as toilet water, and in cookery.

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  • n. The water-soluble portion of the distillate of rose petals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Water tinctured with roses by distillation.

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  • n. perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses

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  • I immerse myself in the Buzurriya Souq
    Set a sail in a cloud of spices
    Clouds of cloves
    And cinnamon . . .
    And camomile . . .
    I perform ablutions in rose water once.
    And in the water of passion many times . . . "

    - Nizar Qabbani, 'Damascus, What Are You Doing to Me?'

    September 16, 2008

  • Rose water or rose syrup is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals. Rose water, itself a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume, is used to flavour food, as a component in some cosmetic and medical preparations, and for religious purposes throughout Europe and Asia.

    Rose water has a very distinctive flavour and is used heavily in South Asian, West Asian and Middle Eastern cuisineā€”especially in sweets. For example, rose water gives loukoumia (turkish delight) and gulab jamuns their distinctive flavours. In Iran it is also added to tea, ice cream, cookies and other sweets in small quantities, and in the Arab world and India it is used to flavour milk and dairy-based dishes such as rice pudding.

    _Wikipedia

    June 9, 2008