A European rose (Rosa eglanteria) with hooked spines, sweet-scented leaves, and usually pink flowers; sweetbrier: naturalized in W U.S.
Origin of eglantine
- Middle English eglentin from Old French eglantine diminutive of aiglent from Vulgar Latin aculentum from neuter of *aculentus spiny from Latin aculeus spine from acus needle ak- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French églantine