Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various often shrubby plants of the family Cistaceae and especially the genus Cistus, having small roselike yellow, white, or reddish flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of either of the genera Cistus and Helianthemum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A name given to any species of the genus Helianthemum, low shrubs or herbs with yellow flowers, especially the European Helianthemum vulgare and the American frostweed, Helianthemum Canadense.
  • noun a related shrub (Cistus Creticus), one of the plants yielding the fragrant gum called ladanum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any species of the genus Helianthemum, low shrubs or herbs with yellow flowers, especially the European H. vulgare and the American frostweed, H. canadense.

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

  • noun any of numerous varieties of helianthemums having small rose-like yellow or white or reddish flowers
  • noun small shrubs of scrub and dry woodland regions of southern Europe and North Africa; grown for their showy flowers and soft often downy and aromatic evergreen foliage
  • noun small shrubs of scrub and dry woodland regions of southern Europe and North Africa; grown for their showy flowers and soft often downy and aromatic evergreen foliage
  • noun any of numerous varieties of helianthemums having small rose-like yellow or white or reddish flowers

Etymologies

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rock +‎ rose

Examples

  • The rockrose is a hearty shrub that survived the freezing temperatures we had that we had in December and January, and had no problem with the 100+ days of July and August.

    Friday Flower: Purple Rockrose

  • The rockrose is a hearty shrub that survived the freezing temperatures we had that we had in December and January, and had no problem with the 100+ days of July and August.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • A resinoid of storax, fixed with tincture of labdanum (pressed from the fatty arteries of the rockrose), proved a sufficient camouflage for a walk around the block, but it had no more staying power than patchouli.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • On the drier ridges (Monte Blanco), Halimium commutatum and H. halimifolium, rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis, lavender Lavandula stoechas, rockrose Cistus sp. and thymeThymus tomentosa grow with introduced stone pine Pinus pinea and Eucalyptus sp.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • Labdanum rockrose is a mild aphrodisiac of a sweet, balsamic nature which is slightly reminiscent of feminine sexual secretions.

    Ayala's Aphrodisiac Guide

  • Labdanum rockrose is a mild aphrodisiac of a sweet, balsamic nature which is slightly reminiscent of feminine sexual secretions.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Another note that stands out is that of labdanum, a resinous, ambery oleoresin from the rockrose bushes also grown on the Mediterranean mountains and hillsides and a pulsating undercurrent of costus, with its musky goat-like horns that is perhaps the reason why Pan jumps into the picture.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Another note that stands out is that of labdanum, a resinous, ambery oleoresin from the rockrose bushes also grown on the Mediterranean mountains and hillsides and a pulsating undercurrent of costus, with its musky goat-like horns that is perhaps the reason why Pan jumps into the picture.

    Kouros

  • Some characteristic endemics exclusive to the Park such as Caňadas rockrose Helianthemum juliae, Teide edelweiss Gnaphalium teydeum or the thistle Stemmacantha cynaroides number only 200 specimens; of others, like the endemic Teide burnet Bencomia exstipulata, there are barely 60 specimens - almost 75% of the natural specimens of this species grow on the summits of Tenerife and La Palma.

    Teide National Park, Spain

  • First, a little grass slope, covered with the prettiest flowers, rockrose and saxifrage, and thyme and basil, and all sorts of sweet herbs.

    The Water Babies

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