multiflora rose

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

mul·ti·flo·ra rose

A climbing or sprawling shrub (Rosa multiflora) native to East Asia, having clusters of small fragrant flowers. It was used as a rootstock for many horticultural varieties and is weedy in North America.

[Partial translation of New Latin Rosa multiflōra, species name : Latin rosa, rose + Late Latin multiflōra, feminine of multiflōrus, multiflorous (Latin multi-, multi- + Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see Flora).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

multiflora rose

(Plants) an Asian climbing shrubby rose, Rosa multiflora, having clusters of small fragrant flowers: the source of many cultivated roses
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

mul′tiflo′ra rose′

a climbing or trailing rose, Rosa multiflora, having fragrant, dense clusters of flowers.
[1820–30; multiflora < New Latin, feminine of Medieval Latin multiflōrus bearing many flowers; see multi-, -florous]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.multiflora rose - vigorously growing rose having clusters of numerous small flowersmultiflora rose - vigorously growing rose having clusters of numerous small flowers; used for hedges and as grafting stock
rose, rosebush - any of many shrubs of the genus Rosa that bear roses
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
The whole front of it was covered by a large scarlet bignonia and a native multiflora rose, which, entwisting and interlacing, left scarce a vestige of the rough logs to be seen.
The buck could have crossed the creek into a jungle of multiflora rose and cedars, or doubled back up the ridgeline.
Research has also shown that bush honeysuckle, buckthorn, autumn olive, multiflora rose and other invasives from Asia produce fall berries that are high in sugar, at a time when birds need berries high in fat.
Macartney rose (Rosa bracteata) and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) Asian invasives once promoted by government agencies as wildlife habitat.
These are unforgiving--you make one mistake, and the whole thing unravels faster than a cheap shirt in a patch of multiflora rose.
Invasive plant control to limit the occurrence of shrubs such as Japanese barberry (Berberus thunbergii) and multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora) has occurred in this area in the past.
I don't know too many people who want to tangle with multiflora rose and dense underbrush for 6-inch trout,'' he said.
The project includes removing non-native or invasive species such as the bush honeysuckle, common reed (Phragmites), common buckthorn and multiflora rose, which have taken over much of the acreage and are comparatively poor habitat for birds.
We determined percent total understory cover (< 1 m tall) in four circular plots with a 1-m diameter positioned 1 m from the nest in each cardinal direction as the percent of ground within the circle covered by vegetation (woody and herbaceous) estimated to the nearest five percentage points; the most common species included ferns, grasses, green-briar, multiflora rose Rosa multiflora, Rubus spp., rhododendron Rhododendron spp.
A friend once chased an errant dog through a multiflora rose hedge, intent on administering a religious experience to the dog, forgetting that he was wearing a down vest.