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  • n. A rock-rose; a plant of the genus Cistus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a genus of small to medium-sized evergreen shrubs of southern Europe and northern Africa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rock-rose; a plant of the genus Cistus.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of plants of many species, belonging to the natural order Cistace√¶, natives of Europe, or of the countries bordering the Mediterranean; the rock-roses.

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

  • n. small to medium-sized evergreen shrubs of southern Europe and North Africa


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  • and plants from tropical regions including certain palms can be surprisingly winter hardy, but plants from the Mediterranean such as cistus and rosemary have increased vulnerability and are much more unreliable. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Oeillet opens juicy and citrusy and with a definite hit of sage, cistus and galbanum absolute that gush out and breathes like drips of blood and wine on earth.

    Lady in the Dark

  • Opening with labdanum, cistus oil, olibanum AKA frankincense and smoky notes of guiacwood and burning cedarwood, the scent gradually softens but remains rather linear and unchanging.

    Le Labo's Vetiver 46

  • Vanilla and rum add sweetness, and woods and cistus add an underlining pine-like masculinity that is maintained through out the composition.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • As we brushed through them, the gummy leaves of a cistus stuck to the clothes; and with its small white flower and yellow heart, stood for our English dog-rose.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep or brilliant green.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • Left, gold wreath of flowering myrtle dating to the fourth century B.C. from a funerary cistus in a tumulus at Evropos, Kilkis (Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki) Right, a silver wine jug (Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, Vergina) [LARGERIMAGE]

    Great Alexander in New York

  • Flower beds along the front held lavender, rosemary, and cistus -- three of the few shrubs that the deer would leave alone.

    Angel With No Hands

  • So the autumn and winter passed, and again the sun came shining down on the white walls of the opposite houses, and Heidi would think to herself that now the time had come for Peter to go out again with the goats, to where the golden flowers of the cistus were glowing in the sunlight, and all the rocks around turned to fire at sunset.


  • Around her were the blue flowers softly waving to and fro, and beyond the gleaming patches of the cistus flowers and the red centaury, while the sweet scent of the brown blossoms and of the fragrant prunella enveloped her as she sat.



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  • "...the sun blazed on the various kinds of broom in flower, upon the Rock, upon the cistuses and giant heath..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 1

    March 20, 2008

  • See also: rockrose

    April 4, 2007