rose of Jericho

noun phrase

rose of Jer·​i·​cho -ˈjer-i-ˌkō How to pronounce rose of Jericho (audio)
: an annual herb (Anastatica hierochuntica) of the mustard family found from northern Africa to Iran that rolls up when dry and expands when moistened

Word History


Middle English, from Jericho, ancient city in Palestine

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rose of Jericho was in the 15th century

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“Rose of Jericho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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