One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rose of a variety having many-petalled flowers; specifically the cultivated hybrid rose Rosa × centifolia, having large, fragrant, globular flowers with many overlapping petals.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist. From classical Latin centifolia (in rosa centifolia), feminine of centifolius.
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