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1An English gold coin current in the 15th and 16th centuries, being a variety of the noble with the figure of a rose on one side, and of varying value at different times and places. Also in extended use. Now historical.
2British regional and Irish English. Any of several figworts (genus Scrophularia); especially the common figwort, S. nodosa.
3Chiefly English regional. The plant hound's tongue, Cynoglossum officinale. Now historical and rare.
Late 15th century. From rose + noble.
rose noble/ˌrəʊz ˈnəʊbl/
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