Pronounced Pron. BRIE-ər-ROZ
Other Forms FormsBriar Rose, Brier-Rose
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Contributor Contrib.Bailee on 9/5/2008
The real name of the fairy tale character Sleeping Beauty, i.e., the title character in the Brothers Grimm tale 'Little Briar-Rose', which comes from a combination of Briar and Rose (referring to the bloom of a wild rose bush, or (allegorically) "a rose among thorns"). This is a translation of Dornröschen, composed of German dorn "thorn" and rose "rose" combined with the diminutive suffix -chen.