Christmas rose


: a European evergreen herb (Helleborus niger) of the buttercup family that has usually white flowers produced in winter

Examples of Christmas rose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Christmas rose has evergreen leaves and blooms in January or February, which likely led to its popularity as winter decor. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2016 While it's formally referred to as Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose or lenten rose gets its name for how the rose-like hybrid can flower even in mid-winter. Quincy Bulin, Southern Living, 7 June 2023 A number of holiday seasonal flora are toxic or can cause digestive upset to pets if nibbled or eaten, including amaryllis, Christmas cactus, Christmas rose, evergreens, holly, ivy, juniper, lilies, mistletoe and poinsettias. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2020 This particular one is Helleborus niger ‘Josef Lemper’, a Christmas rose. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2022 For instance: The Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) is poisonous to cats. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 8 June 2021 More specific common names include Lenten rose and Christmas rose. Tim Johnson,, 10 Apr. 2021 In Christian lore, the Christmas rose is also associated with Saint Agnes, who was only 12 or 13 years old when condemned by the Roman emperor Diocletian. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 25 Dec. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Christmas rose was in 1665

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“Christmas rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

Christmas rose

: a European herb that is related to the buttercups and produces usually white flowers in winter

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Christmas rose


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