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

  Resurrection \Res`ur*rec"tion\, n. [F. r['e]surrection, L.
     resurrectio, fr. resurgere, resurrectum, to rise again; pref.
     re- re- + surgere to rise. See Source.]
     1. A rising again; the resumption of vigor.
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     2. Especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption
        of life by the dead; as, the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
        the general resurrection of all the dead at the Day of
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              Nor after resurrection shall he stay
              Longer on earth.                      --Milton.
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     3. State of being risen from the dead; future state.
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              In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given
              in marriage.                          --Matt. xxii.
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     4. The cause or exemplar of a rising from the dead.
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              I am the resurrection, and the life.  --John xi. 25.
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     Cross of the resurrection, a slender cross with a pennant
        floating from the junction of the bars.
     Resurrection plant (Bot.), a name given to several species
        of Selaginella (as Selaginella convoluta and
        Selaginella lepidophylla), flowerless plants which, when
        dry, close up so as to resemble a bird's nest, but revive
        and expand again when moistened. The name is sometimes
        also given to the rose of Jericho. See under Rose.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rose \Rose\, n. [AS. rose, L. rosa, probably akin to Gr. ?,
     Armor. vard, OPer. vareda; and perhaps to E. wort: cf. F.
     rose, from the Latin. Cf. Copperas, Rhododendron.]
     1. A flower and shrub of any species of the genus Rosa, of
        which there are many species, mostly found in the morthern
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     Note: Roses are shrubs with pinnate leaves and usually
           prickly stems. The flowers are large, and in the wild
           state have five petals of a color varying from deep
           pink to white, or sometimes yellow. By cultivation and
           hybridizing the number of petals is greatly increased
           and the natural perfume enhanced. In this way many
           distinct classes of roses have been formed, as the
           Banksia, Baurbon, Boursalt, China, Noisette, hybrid
           perpetual, etc., with multitudes of varieties in nearly
           every class.
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     2. A knot of ribbon formed like a rose; a rose knot; a
        rosette, esp. one worn on a shoe. --Sha.
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     3. (Arch.) A rose window. See Rose window, below.
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     4. A perforated nozzle, as of a pipe, spout, etc., for
        delivering water in fine jets; a rosehead; also, a
        strainer at the foot of a pump.
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     5. (Med.) The erysipelas. --Dunglison.
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     6. The card of the mariner's compass; also, a circular card
        with radiating lines, used in other instruments.
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     7. The color of a rose; rose-red; pink.
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     8. A diamond. See Rose diamond, below.
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     Cabbage rose, China rose, etc. See under Cabbage,
        China, etc.
     Corn rose (Bot.) See Corn poppy, under Corn.
     Infantile rose (Med.), a variety of roseola.
     Jamaica rose. (Bot.) See under Jamaica.
     Rose acacia (Bot.), a low American leguminous shrub
        ({Robinia hispida) with handsome clusters of rose-colored
     Rose aniline. (Chem.) Same as Rosaniline.
     Rose apple (Bot.), the fruit of the tropical myrtaceous
        tree Eugenia Jambos. It is an edible berry an inch or
        more in diameter, and is said to have a very strong
        roselike perfume.
     Rose beetle. (Zool.)
        (a) A small yellowish or buff longlegged beetle
            ({Macrodactylus subspinosus), which eats the leaves
            of various plants, and is often very injurious to
            rosebushes, apple trees, grapevines, etc. Called also
            rose bug, and rose chafer.
        (b) The European chafer.
     Rose bug. (Zool.) same as Rose beetle, Rose chafer.
     Rose burner, a kind of gas-burner producing a rose-shaped
     Rose camphor (Chem.), a solid odorless substance which
        separates from rose oil.
     Rose campion. (Bot.) See under Campion.
     Rose catarrh (Med.), rose cold.
     Rose chafer. (Zool.)
        (a) A common European beetle ({Cetonia aurata) which is
            often very injurious to rosebushes; -- called also
            rose beetle, and rose fly.
        (b) The rose beetle
        (a) .
     Rose cold (Med.), a variety of hay fever, sometimes
        attributed to the inhalation of the effluvia of roses. See
        Hay fever, under Hay.
     Rose color, the color of a rose; pink; hence, a beautiful
        hue or appearance; fancied beauty, attractiveness, or
     Rose de Pompadour, Rose du Barry, names succesively given
        to a delicate rose color used on S[`e]vres porcelain.
     Rose diamond, a diamond, one side of which is flat, and the
        other cut into twenty-four triangular facets in two ranges
        which form a convex face pointed at the top. Cf.
        Brilliant, n.
     Rose ear. See under Ear.
     Rose elder (Bot.), the Guelder-rose.
     Rose engine, a machine, or an appendage to a turning lathe,
        by which a surface or wood, metal, etc., is engraved with
        a variety of curved lines. --Craig.
     Rose family (Bot.) the Roseceae. See Rosaceous.
     Rose fever (Med.), rose cold.
     Rose fly (Zool.), a rose betle, or rose chafer.
     Rose gall (Zool.), any gall found on rosebushes. See
     Rose knot, a ribbon, or other pliade band plaited so as to
        resemble a rose; a rosette.
     Rose lake, Rose madder, a rich tint prepared from lac and
        madder precipitated on an earthy basis. --Fairholt.
     Rose mallow. (Bot.)
        (a) A name of several malvaceous plants of the genus
            Hibiscus, with large rose-colored flowers.
        (b) the hollyhock.
     Rose nail, a nail with a convex, faceted head.
     Rose noble, an ancient English gold coin, stamped with the
        figure of a rose, first struck in the reign of Edward
        III., and current at 6s. 8d. --Sir W. Scott.
     Rose of China. (Bot.) See China rose
        (b), under China.
     Rose of Jericho (Bot.), a Syrian cruciferous plant
        ({Anastatica Hierochuntica) which rolls up when dry, and
        expands again when moistened; -- called also resurrection
     Rose of Sharon (Bot.), an ornamental malvaceous shrub
        ({Hibiscus Syriacus). In the Bible the name is used for
        some flower not yet identified, perhaps a Narcissus, or
        possibly the great lotus flower.
     Rose oil (Chem.), the yellow essential oil extracted from
        various species of rose blossoms, and forming the chief
        part of attar of roses.
     Rose pink, a pigment of a rose color, made by dyeing chalk
        or whiting with a decoction of Brazil wood and alum; also,
        the color of the pigment.
     Rose quartz (Min.), a variety of quartz which is rose-red.
     Rose rash. (Med.) Same as Roseola.
     Rose slug (Zool.), the small green larva of a black sawfly
        ({Selandria rosae). These larvae feed in groups on the
        parenchyma of the leaves of rosebushes, and are often
        abundant and very destructive.
     Rose window (Arch.), a circular window filled with
        ornamental tracery. Called also Catherine wheel, and
        marigold window. Cf. wheel window, under Wheel.
     Summer rose (Med.), a variety of roseola. See Roseola.
     Under the rose [a translation of L. sub rosa], in secret;
        privately; in a manner that forbids disclosure; -- the
        rose being among the ancients the symbol of secrecy, and
        hung up at entertainments as a token that nothing there
        said was to be divulged.
     Wars of the Roses (Eng. Hist.), feuds between the Houses of
        York and Lancaster, the white rose being the badge of the
        House of York, and the red rose of the House of Lancaster.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  resurrection plant
      n 1: densely tufted fern ally of southwestern United States to
           Peru; curls up in a tight ball when dry and expands and
           grows under moist conditions [syn: resurrection plant,
           rose of Jericho, Selaginella lepidophylla]
      2: small grey Asiatic desert plant bearing minute white flowers
         that rolls up when dry and expands when moist [syn: rose of
         Jericho, resurrection plant, Anastatica hierochuntica]

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