Cistus

Definitions

  • Cistus Laurifolius, L
    Cistus Laurifolius, L
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cistus small to medium-sized evergreen shrubs of southern Europe and North Africa
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cistus A rock-rose; a plant of the genus Cistus.
    • n cistus [capitalized] A genus of plants of many species, belonging to the natural order Cistaceæ, natives of Europe, or of the countries bordering the Mediterranean; the rock-roses. Some of them are beautiful evergreen flowering shrubs, and ornamental in gardens. Gum ladanum is obtained from C. Creticus, C. ladaniferus (called the gum-cistus), and other species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cistus sis′tus Rock-rose, a genus of exogenous shrubby plants, cultivated for the beauty of their flowers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L., from Gr. kistos, the rock-rose.

Usage

In literature:

I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep and brilliant green.
"Heroes of the Telegraph" by J. Munro
They reached an open moor, where there were rocks covered with cistus and wild vine.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
The macchi blaze with cistus flowers of red and silver.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The macchi blaze with cistus flowers of red and silver.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The smell of cistus was intense, hot, full of spices as the narrow streets of an oriental town at night.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
The forest began tentatively, with heath, sparse trees and mounds of cistus and bramble.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
I know not; the cistus is brown now, the rest all deep or brilliant green.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Even the stretches of grey gum-cistus have become almost gaudy with their pink, white, and pale yellow flowers.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
There was also a curious black clematis and several species of broom and rock cistus.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
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In poetry:

Ah! there's the lily, marble pale,
The bonny broom, the cistus frail;
The rich sweet pea, the iris blue,
The larkspur with its peacock hue;
All these are fair, yet hold I will
That the Rose of May is fairer still.
"The Rose Of May" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

Joshua McCullough, former propagator at the once-celebrated Heronswood Nursery (back when it was still owned by Dan Hinkley and his partner) and later, nursery manager at Cistus Design Nursery is teaching a hands-on plant propagation class.
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