moss rose


Definition of moss rose

1 : an old-fashioned garden rose (Rosa centifolia mucosa) that has a glandular mossy calyx and flower stalk
2 : a South American portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora) grown for its showy flowers

Examples of moss rose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, some summer plants such as moss rose and caladiums play out long before the first frost. Neil Sperry,, 10 Dec. 2020 Over the next 30 years, the price of moss rose from 1.75 cents per pound in 1960 to over 10 cents per pound by 1990. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 23 July 2019 In the sun use zinnias, cosmos, vinca, moss rose and purslane. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Mar. 2018 In some cases such as begonias, moss rose, lantanas and angelonias that may not be possible. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of moss rose

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Moss rose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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