from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common European wild rose, with single pink or white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Rosa canina, or wild brier, natural order Rosaceæ. It is a common British plant, growing in thickets and hedges. The fruit is known as the hip.

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

  • n. prickly wild rose with delicate pink or white scentless flowers; native to Europe


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  • Most of my hedges are jungles of the various trees, draped with blackberry, dog-rose, bryony, honeysuckle and wild hop, all scrambling about the branches.


  • Mrs. Bones: Me will hide inside the dog-rose in front o' me door and throw candies at likkle children heads!

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • The old doctrine of original sin, we now call reversion to type; the most lovely garden rose, if allowed to go without discipline and tendance, will in a few generations become again the common scentless dog-rose of our hedges.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • 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

  • With a Devonshire lane it could not presume to vie, having little of the glorious garniture of fern, and nothing of the crystal brook that leaps at every corner; no arches of tall ash, keyed with dog-rose, and not much of honeysuckle, and a sight of other wants which people feel who have lived in the plenitude of everything.

    Mary Anerley

  • He appeared, with his mind full of the gardener and the dog-rose, declaring that the equal of Mr. Begbie for obstinacy never had existed yet, and never would exist again.

    The Moonstone

  • As far as I could understand it, the question between them was, whether the white moss rose did, or did not, require to be budded on the dog-rose to make it grow well.

    The Moonstone

  • An hour afterwards, I heard them at high words in the conservatory, with the dog-rose once more at the bottom of the dispute.

    The Moonstone

  • The rain had given over; and, who should I see in the court-yard, but Mr. Begbie, the gardener, waiting outside to continue the dog-rose controversy with

    The Moonstone

  • “And mind, if you ever take to growing roses, the white moss rose is all the better for not being budded on the dog-rose, whatever the gardener may say to the contrary!”

    The Moonstone


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