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1A sundew, a carnivorous plant of the genus Drosera; = rosa solis. Now rare.
2A type of liqueur originally made with the juice of the sundew plant: = rosa solis.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. From post-classical Latin ros solis the plant sundew from classical Latin rōs dew + sōlis, genitive of sōl sun, perhaps after Dutch zondauw, † sondauw. Compare French rossolis, Catalan resolis sweet alcoholic liqueur, Spanish rosoli liqueur (originally) made from the sundew, Italian † rosolì a kind of sweet liqueur, and also Dutch rossolis sundew, liqueur.
ros solis/rəʊz ˈsɒlɪs/
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