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Ros(e)-water, Rois-water, n. Also: -watter, -waltyr. [ME and e.m.E. rose water (1398); Ros(e n. and water. Cf. MDu. rose(n)-, rooswater.] Water distilled from roses, or impregnated with essence of rose, used for perfuming, flavouring, etc. 1456 Hay II 143/31.
Efter the … bathing, men suld sytt on faire bynkis … and ourstrynklit with ros wateris his face [etc.]
1488 Treas. Acc. I 83.
A glas with rois water
1533 Boece 287.
Serupis plesing to the taist, with succoure, cannell, and rois watter
1540 Misc. Hist. Soc. X 35.
Ane servand … that brocht rose waltyr to the kingis graice
15.. Clar. ii 150.
In mides of this supper raise this knicht, … and … brocht againe Rose water cleir
1560 Rolland Seven S. 10392.
His father come with ane siluer basine: With rois watter … Saying meiklie, plesit ȝour grace to wesche
1699 Binns P. (S.R.S.) 96.
A mutckin of roswater

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