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A cordial or liqueur originally made with the juice of the sundew plant, later from spiced and flavoured spirits. Also figurative. Now historical.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Will of Simon Smyth. Alteration of post-classical Latin ros solis ros solis, after classical Latin rosa rose.
rosa solis/ˌrəʊzə ˈsəʊlɪs/
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