One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Eurasian wild rose with fragrant leaves and flowers.
Rosa rubiginosa, family Rosaceae
- ‘The entrance to the inn was adorned with sweetbriars and hawthorn hedges.’
- ‘Recently it has commissioned a survey and also organised the planting of 35 new trees (oak, beech, ash, chestnut and field maple, hawthorn, sweetbriars) to replace decaying forest trees.’
2West Indian A spiny acacia with fragrant yellow flowers.
Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: A. farnesiana, an Old World tree which is grown throughout the tropics and yields an essential oil used in perfumery, and the tropical American A. tortuosa
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