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I read this in dictionary.com:

as can be used to mean for example ; for instance
Some flowers, as the rose, require special care.

How this use of "as" is different from "such as" ?

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In this context, the meaning is the same, however I can't imagine a native English speaker using as in this way. When I read this sentence, I thought at first that a word (such) had been accidentally omitted.

It would have been much clearer to write

Some flowers, such as the rose, require special care.

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