Definitions

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

  • adjective Of or belonging to the rose family.
  • adjective Resembling the flower of a rose.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany: Rose-like; having a corolla composed of several wide-spreading roundish petals, with the claws very short or almost wanting.
  • Of or pertaining to the order Rosaceæ.
  • In zoology, of a rosy color; rose-red; rosy; roseate.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a natural order of plants (Rosaceæ) of which the rose is the type. It includes also the plums and cherries, meadowsweet, brambles, the strawberry, the hawthorn, applies, pears, service trees, and quinces.
  • adjective Like a rose in shape or appearance.
  • adjective Of a pure purpish pink color.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to a rose, or a member of the Rosaceae family of plants.
  • adjective Resembling a rose.

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

  • adjective of or pertaining to or characteristic of plants of the family Rosaceae
  • adjective of something having a dusty purplish pink color

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin rosāceus, made of roses, from rosa, rose.]

Examples

  • 'Grass-rose,' or put it out of court for having no petals; but it certainly shall not be called rosaceous; and my first point will be to make sure of my pupils having a clear idea of the central and unquestionable forms of thistle, grass, or rose, and assigning to them pure Latin, and pretty

    Proserpina, Volume 1 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • Flanking and behind us marched the giant batrachians, fivescore of them at least, black scale and crimson scale lustrous and gleaming in the rosaceous radiance; saucer eyes shining circles of phosphorescence green, purple, red; spurs clicking as they crouched along with a gait at once grotesque and formidable.

    The Moon Pool

  • Special plant communities include rosaceous chaparral and oak-juniper woodlands.

    Proclamation On The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument

  • It produces its flowers in early summer, and when a good-sized bush, well covered with clusters of white blossoms resembling those of some species of Cratægus, it has a handsome appearance, and, like most other rosaceous shrubs, powerfully fragrant.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882

  • Flanking and behind us marched the giant batrachians, fivescore of them at least, black scale and crimson scale lus-trous and gleaming in the rosaceous radiance; saucer eyes shining circles of phosphorescence green, purple, red; spurs clicking as they crouched along with a gait at once gro-tesque and formidable.

    The Moon Pool

  • Flanking and behind us marched the giant batrachians, fivescore of them at least, black scale and crimson scale lustrous and gleaming in the rosaceous radiance; saucer eyes shining circles of phosphorescence green, purple, red; spurs clicking as they crouched along with a gait at once grotesque and formidable.

    The Moon Pool

  • Whatever they lost in the cessation of uncomfortable communion at the eyrie, or lair, of the Dragon was more than made up for by the sub-rosaceous, or semi-clandestine, character of the intercourse that was left.

    Somehow Good

  • La Pierina had already darted into the spacious porch whose lofty, vaulted ceiling was adorned with coffers displaying a rosaceous pattern.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • La Pierina had already darted into the spacious porch whose lofty, vaulted ceiling was adorned with coffers displaying a rosaceous pattern.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome, Volume 3

  • La Pierina had already darted into the spacious porch whose lofty, vaulted ceiling was adorned with coffers displaying a rosaceous pattern.

    The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome, Complete

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