from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A rose (Rosa rubiginosa syn. R. eglanteria) native to Eurasia, having prickly stems, fragrant leaves, bright pink flowers, and scarlet hips.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The; eglantine, Rosa rubiginosa, a native of Europe and central Asia, introduced in the eastern United States.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A kind of rose (
Rosa rubiginosa) with minutely glandular and fragrant foliage. The small-flowered sweetbrier is Rosa micrantha.
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- noun A
Eurasian rose, Rosa eglanteria, having prickly stems, fragrant leaves, pink flowers and red hips
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
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His wife led the way up a little winding path, which, after threading some thickets of sweetbrier and honeysuckle, conducted to the back-door of a small garden.
Old Mortality 2004
He showed the large stem of the sweetbrier under which they passed as they went into the house, such as Arnold had seen hanging over many a New-England porch, large enough for many initials to be carved upon it.
Even now I can almost feel the daisies brushing against my feet, while walking up the narrow lane on our way to church, -- can see the sweetbrier by the red gate, and myself giving Rachel one of its blossoms.
In the little brown house with its overhanging cherry tree, which tapped the roof and scratched the attic window-panes, and with its sweetbrier under the window, the children lived a simple and happy life.
Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 4 Charles Herbert Sylvester
There is an odor of sweetbrier about, hovering in the warm, still air, except at such times as the breeze freshens a bit, and brings round the shoulder of the hill the cold, strange scent of the rocks and the sea beyond.
The cool air of the twilight was scented with sweetbrier.
The scent of pink clover mingled with the odor of grasses and the delicate perfume of sweetbrier.
Patchwork A Story of 'The Plain People' Anna Balmer Myers
A little sweetbrier rose fell out from the white lace about her face, against the soft brown of her hair.
For the rest, a bit of honeysuckle was trained up one side of the porch, and at the small wooden gate there were two bushes of sweetbrier that filled the warm air with fragrance.
Not the pale and ghastly creature who had haunted him during those wild hours, but Sheila herself, singing some snatches of a song, and engaged in watering the two bushes of sweetbrier at the gate.