One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for sweet briar
- ‘Species whose fruits are used both in Europe and Asia include the briar rose or dog rose, which is made into tea or tisane, and the eglantine.’
- ‘The Eglantine is the poet's flower.’
- ‘Eglantine is a wonderful rose that is rarely see these days in commerce.’
Middle English: from Old French, from Provençal aiglentina, based on Latin acus ‘needle’ or aculeus ‘prickle’.
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