Botanical name, Cynorrhodos—i.e. Greek Kuno-rodon, dog-rose; so called because it was supposed to cure the bite of a mad dog (Rosa Canina, wild brier).
“A morsu vero [i.e. of a mad dog] unicum remedium oraculo quodam nuper repertum, radix sylvestris rosæ. quæ cynorrhodos appellatur.” -
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894