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1A delicate pink colour. Also figurative. Now historical.
2In full "maiden's blush rose". An old rose of the Rosa× alba group with delicate pink flowers.
3Any of several varieties of apple, typically with yellow skins flushed or streaked with red; especially an American variety of cooking apple.
4Either of two Australian trees with pinkish wood, Sloanea australis (family Elaeocarpaceae), and Euroschinus falcatus (family Anacardiaceae).
5A small geometrid moth, Cyclophora punctaria, having pale brownish yellow wings with reddish markings.
6Australian. A drink consisting of raspberry cordial with either rum or ginger beer, or of port and lemonade.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From the genitive of maiden + blush.
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