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 for eglantine
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eglantine \Eg"lan*tine\, n. [F. ['e]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).
         [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Milton, in the following lines, has applied the name to
           some twining plant, perhaps the honeysuckle.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 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.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  eglantine
      n 1: Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and
           bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips [syn:
           sweetbrier, sweetbriar, brier, briar, eglantine,
           Rosa eglanteria]

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