from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A delicate pink variety of rose.
- n. A small geometrid moth, Ephyra punctaria.
- n. In Australia, either of two timber-trees, Echinocarpus australis of the linden family, and Euroschinus falcatus of the cashew family, the wood of which has a delicate rosy color when freshly cut.
- n. In Tasmania, Convolvulus erubescens, a species of morning-glory.
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Then too, the limbs could be sawed off and rambo and maiden's-blush grafted on, if you wanted to; father did on some of them, so there would be good apples lying beside the road for passers-by, and they needn't steal to get them.
Laddie hadn't done a thing but make an exact copy of my playhouse under the biggest maiden's-blush in our orchard.
As we reached the maiden's-blush apple tree came another call, and it sounded pretty cross, I can tell you.
In short, by the magic of brilliant color and natural grace she narrowly escaped being extremely handsome -- in the way of a sunburned peach, or a maiden's-blush apple.
Look at that lovely big maiden's-blush up there, "pointing to a pink-suffused specimen of rose grandiflora hanging on the wall.