Eglantine

Eg"lan*tine

(?), n. [F. glantine, fr. OF. aiglent brier, hip tree, fr. (assumed) LL. acuculentus, fr. a dim. of L. acus needle; cf. F. aiguille needle. Cf. Aglet.] (Bot.) (a) A species of rose (Rosa Eglanteria), with fragrant foliage and flowers of various colors. (b) The sweetbrier (R. rubiginosa).
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Milton, in the following lines, has applied the name to some twining plant, perhaps the honeysuckle.
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Through the sweetbrier, or the vine,
Or the twisted eglantine.
L'Allegro, 47.

"In our early writers and in Gerarde and the herbalists, it was a shrub with white flowers." Dr. Prior.
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