What is the difference between a rose and a flower?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In a sense, there is no difference between a rose and a flower because a rose is a type of flower.  This would be like saying "what is the difference between an American and a person?"  An American is a person so there is not really a difference.

However, "rose" and "flower" do not mean the same thing.  All roses are flowers, but not all flowers are roses.  A rose is one specific kind of flower whereas the word "flower" is used to refer to anything that is "the reproductive part of a plant that produces seeds."  This means that roses are flowers but so are the flowers of tomato plants and of cherry trees and of every other angiosperm.