Share this entry

anemone Line breaks: anem|one
Pronunciation: /əˈnɛməni/

Definition of anemone in English:


1A plant of the buttercup family which typically has brightly coloured flowers and deeply divided leaves.
Example sentences
  • Plant smaller bulbs such as crocus, anemones and ranunculus.
  • Dowling's recommendations for winter production in colder regions: lilies, sunflowers, amaryllis, anemones and ranunculus.
  • They also don't eat anemones, astilbes, junipers, foxgloves, daffodils, ferns, grasses and a whole host of things.
2 short for sea anemone.
Example sentences
  • The hull here is rich in marine life - hydroids, tunicates, anemones and sponges.
  • Some crabs actively seek anemones and sponges as epibionts that may be used for camouflage, and in some cases, as an emergency meal.
  • You will find brightly coloured anemones, firebrick starfish and urchins.


Mid 16th century: from Latin, said to be from Greek anemōnē 'windflower', literally 'daughter of the wind', from anemos 'wind', thought to be so named because the flowers open only when the wind blows.

Words that rhyme with anemone

Emeny, hegemony, lemony, Yemeni

Definition of anemone in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly