Pronunciation: (rō'zu-rē), [key]
1. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. a series of prayers, usually consisting of 15 decades of aves, each decade being preceded by a paternoster and followed by a Gloria Patri, one of the mysteries or events in the life of Christ or the Virgin Mary being recalled at each decade.
b. a string of beads used for counting these prayers during their recitation.
c. a similar string of beads consisting of five decades.
2. (among other religious bodies) a string of beads similarly used in praying.
3. a rose garden or a bed of roses.
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