American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Eurasian rose (Rosa eglanteria) having prickly stems, fragrant leaves, bright pink flowers, and scarlet hips. Also called eglantine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The; eglantine, Rosa rubiginosa, a native of Europe and central Asia, introduced in the eastern United States. It is a tall-stemmed rose armed with strong and hooked, also slender and straight, prickles, the leaves and flowers small, the former aromatic-scented, especially in cultivation, from copious resiniferous glands beneath and on the margins. Also
- n. A Eurasian rose, Rosa eglanteria, having prickly stems, fragrant leaves, pink flowers and red hips
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See Sweetbrier.
- n. (Bot.) A kind of rose (Rosa rubiginosa) with minutely glandular and fragrant foliage. The small-flowered sweetbrier is Rosa micrantha.
- n. Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
“His wife led the way up a little winding path, which, after threading some thickets of sweetbrier and honeysuckle, conducted to the back-door of a small garden.”
“The scent of pink clover mingled with the odor of grasses and the delicate perfume of sweetbrier.”
“For the rest, a bit of honeysuckle was trained up one side of the porch, and at the small wooden gate there were two bushes of sweetbrier that filled the warm air with fragrance.”
“The cool air of the twilight was scented with sweetbrier.”
“He showed the large stem of the sweetbrier under which they passed as they went into the house, such as Arnold had seen hanging over many a New-England porch, large enough for many initials to be carved upon it.”
“A little sweetbrier rose fell out from the white lace about her face, against the soft brown of her hair.”
“Not the pale and ghastly creature who had haunted him during those wild hours, but Sheila herself, singing some snatches of a song, and engaged in watering the two bushes of sweetbrier at the gate.”
“There is an odor of sweetbrier about, hovering in the warm, still air, except at such times as the breeze freshens a bit, and brings round the shoulder of the hill the cold, strange scent of the rocks and the sea beyond.”
“Even now I can almost feel the daisies brushing against my feet, while walking up the narrow lane on our way to church, -- can see the sweetbrier by the red gate, and myself giving Rachel one of its blossoms.”
“In the little brown house with its overhanging cherry tree, which tapped the roof and scratched the attic window-panes, and with its sweetbrier under the window, the children lived a simple and happy life.”
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