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Billy rose

Billy, 1899–1966, U.S. theatrical producer.
Peter Edward (“Pete”; “Charlie Hustle”) born 1941, U.S. baseball player.
Mount, a mountain in W Nevada, the highest in the Carson Range. 10,778 feet (3285 meters).
a female given name.
Historical Examples

So billy rose and walked slowly and a little sadly up the narrow path.
Green Valley Katharine Reynolds


any shrub or climbing plant of the rosaceous genus Rosa, typically having prickly stems, compound leaves, and fragrant flowers
(in combination): rosebush, rosetree

the flower of any of these plants
any of various similar plants, such as the rockrose and Christmas rose

a moderate purplish-red colour; purplish pink
(as adjective): rose paint

a rose, or a representation of one, as the national emblem of England

a cut for a diamond or other gemstone, having a hemispherical faceted crown and a flat base
a gem so cut

a perforated cap fitted to the spout of a watering can or the end of a hose, causing the water to issue in a spray
a design or decoration shaped like a rose; rosette
(electrical engineering) Also called ceiling rose. a circular boss attached to a ceiling through which the flexible lead of an electric-light fitting passes
(history) See red rose, white rose
bed of roses, a situation of comfort or ease
under the rose, in secret; privately; sub rosa
(transitive) to make rose-coloured; cause to blush or redden
the past tense of rise
any pink wine, made either by removing the skins of red grapes after only a little colour has been extracted or by mixing red and white wines

See compass rose

Old English rose, from Latin rosa (source of Italian and Spanish rosa, French rose; also source of Dutch roos, German Rose, Swedish ros, Polish rozha, Russian roza, Lithuanian rozhe, Hungarian rózsa, Irish ros, Welsh rhosyn, etc.), probably via Italian and Greek dialects from Greek rhodon “rose” (Aeolic wrodon), ultimately from Persian *vrda-.

But cf. Tucker: “The rose was a special growth of Macedonia & the Thracian region as well as of Persia, & the Lat. & Gk. names prob. came from a Thraco-Phrygian source.” Aramaic warda is from Old Persian; the modern Persian cognate, via the usual sound changes, is gul, source of Turkish gül “rose.” Klein proposes a PIE *wrdho- “thorn, bramble.”

The form of the English word was influenced by the French. Used as a color name since 1520s. In English civil wars of 15c., the white rose was the badge of the House of York, the red of its rival Lancaster. In the figurative sense, bed of roses is from 1590s. To come up roses is attested from 1969; the image, though not the wording, from 1855. To come out smelling like a rose is from 1968. Rose of Sharon (Song of Sol. ii:1) is attested from 1610s and named for the fertile strip of coastal Palestine. The flower has not been identified; used in U.S. since 1847 of the Syrian hibiscus.

light red wine, 1897, from French vin rosé, literally “pink wine.”


A comatose and dying patient

Related Terms

come up smelling like a rose, smell like a rose

[Medical; fr the color and the perilous frailty of such a patient]

Many varieties of the rose proper are indigenous to Syria. The famed rose of Damascus is white, but there are also red and yellow roses. In Cant. 2:1 and Isa. 35:1 the Hebrew word _habatstseleth_ (found only in these passages), rendered “rose” (R.V. marg., “autumn crocus”), is supposed by some to mean the oleander, by others the sweet-scented narcissus (a native of Palestine), the tulip, or the daisy; but nothing definite can be affirmed regarding it. The “rose of Sharon” is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound in Palestine. “Mount Carmel especially abounds in the cistus, which in April covers some of the barer parts of the mountain with a glow not inferior to that of the Scottish heather.” (See MYRRH ØT0002632 [2].)


bed of roses
come up roses
see through rose-colored glasses


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