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What's in a Name?
A most inchanting view

Wild Rose Hips

wild roses and hips

Wild Rose Hips
J. Agee photo

The name for the fruit of the wild rose is hip. It comes from an ancient word meaning "bramble," which in the U.S. commonly denotes any thorny bush. The stems of the wild rose are prickly, but its hips aren't.

No one knows who named the hip, nor why.

--Joseph Mussulman

What's in a Name?
A most inchanting view

From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)