Definition of alba in English:



  • A shrub rose of a variety with gray-green leaves and pinkish-white, sweet-scented flowers.

    • ‘Many old garden roses, and these include the albas, bourbons, centifolias, damasks, chinas, noisettes, etc., bloom only once a season.’
    • ‘Bourbons, damasks, albas, gallicas, mosses and rugosas are all likely groups of roses to choose from for fragrance - the difficulty is narrowing down the candidates.’
    • ‘Ipomoea alba with longer flower tubes correspondingly had the highest mean total nectar volume per flower and nectary volume.’
    • ‘A 5-cm midline skin incision was made to the linea alba.’
    • ‘And Bourbons, unlike the albas, are repeat bloomers.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin alba, feminine of albus white from the name rosa alba, an old white garden rose.