from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the odor of rose water; hence, affectedly nice or delicate; sentimental.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Water tinctured with oil of roses by distillation.
- Having the odor or character of rose-water; hence, affectedly delicate or sentimental: as, rose-water religion.
- The plateau for a rose-water ewer.
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Add half a pound of finely ground sugar and dampen with rose-water.
Work three quarters of a pound butter, one pound of good sugar, till very white, whip ten whites to a foam, add the yolks and beat together, add one spoon rose-water, 2 of brandy, and put the whole to one and a quarter of a pound flour, if yet too soft add flour and bake slowly.
Remember, it's all about the illusion of abundance ... who cares if you fill these with rose-water or Charlie.
All this could not fail to be highly exasperating to Ibsen, who had set out to be a realist, and was convicted by the spiteful hand of history of having been an idealist of the rose-water class.
“Here it is for thee,” said she and filling her mouth with wine, gave him to drink thereof, whilst he gave her the like to drink; after which she sprinkled him with rose-water from front to foot, till the perfume scented the whole place.
Then they sprinkled it with rose-water and incensed it with ambergris and aloes-wood and spread it with brocade.
Then, while her husband watched them, she rose and filling a cup with wine, flavoured with powdered musk and rose-water, went close to Masrur, who sprang up to meet her, saying, “By Allah, the water of thy mouth is sweeter than this wine!”
They sprinkled rose-water on his face, till he came to himself, when he embraced Mahdiyah and carried her into a sitting-chamber, where he sat with her; and they twain lay together that night without fornication.
They sat in mirth and good cheer till noon, when they brought them up the midday meal, all manner meats and sweetmeats of the very best; and they ate and drank costly sherbets and perfumed themselves thereafter with rose-water and scented woods.
So saying he wept, till he swooned away; whereupon she bade them sprinkle rose-water on his face, which they did till he revived, when she said,