1. [syn: rosary, prayer beads]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rosary \Ro"sa*ry\, n.; pl. Rosaries. [LL. rosarium a string of
beads, L. rosarium a place planted with roses, rosa a rose:
cf. F. rosaire. See Rose.]
1. A bed of roses, or place where roses grow. "Thick rosaries
of scented thorn." --Tennyson.
2. (R.C.Ch.) A series of prayers (see Note below) arranged to
be recited in order, on beads; also, a string of beads by
which the prayers are counted.
His idolized book, and the whole rosary of his
Note: A rosary consists of fifteen decades. Each decade
contains ten Ave Marias marked by small beads, preceded
by a Paternoster, marked by a larger bead, and
concluded by a Gloria Patri. Five decades make a
chaplet, a third part of the rosary. --Bp. Fitzpatrick.
3. A chapelet; a garland; a series or collection, as of
beautiful thoughts or of literary selections.
Every day propound to yourself a rosary or chaplet
of good works to present to God at night. --Jer.
4. A coin bearing the figure of a rose, fraudulently
circulated in Ireland in the 13th century for a penny.
Rosary shell (Zool.), any marine gastropod shell of the
genus Monodonta. They are top-shaped, bright-colored and
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a string of beads used in counting prayers (especially by
Catholics) [syn: rosary, prayer beads]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
87 Moby Thesaurus words for "rosary":
Agnus Dei, Angelus, Ave, Ave Maria, Hail Mary, Holy Grail, Host,
Kyrie Eleison, Paternoster, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal,
aid prayer, appeal, ark, asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino,
beadroll, beads, beseechment, bidding prayer, breviary, candle,
censer, chaplet, ciborium, collect, communion, contemplation,
cross, crucifix, cruet, devotions, entreaty, eucharistial, grace,
holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, impetration,
imploration, incensory, intercession, invocation, litany, matzo,
meditation, menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, monstrance, obsecration,
obtestation, orison, osculatory, ostensorium, paschal candle, pax,
petition, phylacteries, prayer, prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx,
relics, rogation, rood, sacramental, sacred relics, sacring bell,
shofar, silent prayer, suit, sukkah, supplication, tabernacle,
tallith, thanks, thanksgiving, thurible, urceole, veronica,
vigil light, votive candle