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1A cultivar of the Provence (cabbage) rose, Rosa centifolia, with a mosslike covering of glands on the calyx and pedicel.
2US. A purslane, especially garden purslane, Portulaca oleraceae.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Annual Register. From moss + rose [adjective¹].
moss rose/ˈmɒs rəʊz/
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