Webster 1828 Edition



The rock-rose, a genus of plants of many species, most of them natives of the southern parts of Europe. Some of them are beautiful evergreen flowering shrubs, and ornamental in gardens.

Definition 2024



See also: cistus


Cistus crispus

Proper noun

Cistus m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Cistaceae – some rockroses, found in lands surrounding the Mediterranean.





See also: Cistus


Cistus monspeliensis



cistus (plural cistuses)

  1. A rockrose; a plant of the genus Cistus.
    • 1892, Emma Marshall, Bristol Bells:
      'Well,' he said, drawing his huge ungainly form from the soft cushion of moss, where the daisies and golden cistus flowers had shut their eyes for the night, 'well, take my word for it, you'll find a lot of things you care for in Bristol, and I tell you, if I were you, I should write to Madam Lambert at once.
    • 1876, John Richard Greene, Stray Studies from England and Italy:
      Everywhere in spring the ground is carpeted with a profusion of wild-flowers, cistus and brown orchis, narcissus and the scarlet anemone; sometimes the forest scenery sweeps away, and leaves us among olive-grounds and orange-gardens arranged in formal, picturesque rows.
    • 1861, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Volume 7, Issue 42, April, 1861:
      There is as yet no evening-primrose to open suddenly, no cistus to drop its petals; but the May-flower knows the hour, and becomes more fragrant in the darkness, so that one can then often find it in the woods without aid from the eye.
    • 1851, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, The Moorland Cottage:
      If the court had its clustering noisettes, and fraxinellas, and sweetbriar, and great tall white lilies, the moorland had its little creeping scented rose, its straggling honeysuckle, and an abundance of yellow cistus; and here and there a gray rock cropped out of the ground, and over it the yellow stone-crop and scarlet-leaved crane's-bill grew luxuriantly.



  • cistus in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913