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In full "Provins rose". A cultivated rose, Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’, with fragrant, red, semi-double flowers. Later also: any of various other R. gallica cultivars.
Late 17th century. From Provins, the name of a town in the Champagne region of France (department Seine et Marne), famous for its roses.
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