rose·​bush ˈrōz-ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce rosebush (audio)
: a shrub that produces roses

Examples of rosebush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lime trees and rosebushes ringed a large, grassy lawn. Candace Taylor, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 The footage, captured during a performance at a 1949 convention in Chicago, shows her grappling with her microphone and props, including a mysteriously blooming rosebush and a live rabbit. Vanessa Armstrong, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 The main courtyard, where so many people had been beaten and hanged, became a charming village square with a lawn, rosebushes and a music pavilion. Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Even the rosebushes Hardin once earned the privilege of pruning looked defeated. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, 24 July 2023 And, yes, the squat little rosebush by my front stoop is a pompom of tiny green leaves and the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin are nearing peak bloom, but the morning temperature in D.C. still hovers around a frosty 32. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2023 This sort of treatment is what might encourage a group of NIMH rodents to run away and create their own organized society under a rosebush somewhere. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2011 Vamigas pulled the star of its Rosa Mosqueta Serum, rosa mosqueta oil, straight from a Chilean rosebush. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 8 Nov. 2022 The rosebush will grow taller, produce more leaves and, therefore, more blooms. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rosebush was in 1563

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“Rosebush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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rose·​bush -ˌbu̇sh How to pronounce rosebush (audio)
: a shrub that produces roses

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