A white-flowered shrub rose of the hybrid Rosa × alba.
Other Word Forms of Alba.
Origin of Alba.
First attested in 1848; from the Latin alba (the feminine form of albus, “white”) in the now-disused species name of binomial nomenclature Rosa alba (it is now considered a hybrid and is accordingly called Rosa × alba).
First attested in 1821; from the Occitan alba, ultimately from the Latin albus (“white”); compare the Spanish alba (“dawn”).
First attested in 1859; from the Latin alba, the nominative plural form of album (“blank tablet”), whence the English album.
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