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2Rosin, especially rubbed on a violin bow or a shoemaker's thread.
Rosette. Now rare.
with object To rub (especially a violin bow) with rosin.
Late Middle English. Variant of rosin, or perhaps immediately of rosil; perhaps compare -et<br>late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Probably partly from roset, and partly from rose + -et, partly after French rosette rosette<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Fergusson (1750–1774), poet. From roset.
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