One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrub rose of a variety with grey-green leaves and pinkish-white, sweet-scented flowers.
- ‘Bourbons, damasks, albas, gallicas, mosses and rugosas are all likely groups of roses to choose from for fragrance - the difficulty is narrowing down the candidates.’
- ‘A 5-cm midline skin incision was made to the linea alba.’
- ‘And Bourbons, unlike the albas, are repeat bloomers.’
- ‘Ipomoea alba with longer flower tubes correspondingly had the highest mean total nectar volume per flower and nectary volume.’
- ‘Many old garden roses, and these include the albas, bourbons, centifolias, damasks, chinas, noisettes, etc., bloom only once a season.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin alba, feminine of albus ‘white’, from the name rosa alba, an old white garden rose.
- Gaelic name for Scotland
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