from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fragrant preparation made by steeping or distilling rose petals in water, used in cosmetics, as toilet water, and in cookery.
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- n. The water-soluble portion of the distillate of rose petals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Water tinctured with roses by distillation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perfume consisting of water scented with oil of roses
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Then came forward the Princess Husn Maryam and sprinkled rose water on them, till they revived when she said to them, “Allah hath reunited you.”
When he had eaten, he said, “Give us some thing to drink, O Ali;” and the host set before him, in vessels of gold and silver and crystal, raisin wine boiled down to one third with fruits and spices; and the cupbearers were pages like moons, clad in garments of Alexandrian stuff interwoven with gold and bearing on their breasts beakers of crystal, full of rose water mingled with musk.
Stoker used to work at the Hammam all day for a wage of five dirhams, whereof he spent every day, for Zau al-Makan, one dirham upon sugar and sherbet of rose water and willow flower water,236 and another dirham for fowls; and he ceased not to entreat him thus kindly during a whole month, till the traces of illness ceased from him and he was once more sound and whole.
Meanwhile, the Stoker went to the market and bought some rose water and sugar, and sprinkled Zau al-Makan’s face with the water and gave him to drink of the sherbet.
“Would Heaven it were so!” replied he and ceased not humbly to importune me, till I had pity on him and repeated it; whereupon he cried out with a grievous cry and fell into a fit worse than before and I doubted not but that he was dead; but I sprinkled rose water on him till he revived and sat up.
Then they brought basin and ewer and I washed my hands and we scented ourselves with rose water musk’d and sat down again to converse.