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carnation 1

Line breaks: car¦na|tion
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

A double-flowered cultivated variety of clove pink, with grey-green leaves and showy pink, white, or red flowers.
  • Dianthus caryophyllus, family Caryophyllaceae: many cultivars
Example sentences
  • It was a work of art, four feet in diameter comprised of orchids, lilies of the valley, hyacinths, arum lilies and white carnations.
  • She also enjoyed flowers adorning the Keegan home with a variety of flowers, with white carnations being her favourite.
  • This arrangement takes red roses and carnations and surrounds them with blue larkspur and white mini carnations and snapdragons.

Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps based on a misreading of Arabic qaranful 'clove or clove pink', from Greek karyophyllon. The early forms suggest confusion with carnation2, with incarnation, and with coronation.

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carnation 2 Line breaks: car¦na|tion
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

A rosy pink colour: [as modifier]: sage and carnation throw pillows
More example sentences
  • The skirt was ‘a loose undergarment, full gathered, of carnation, striped with silver and parted with a golden zone’.

Origin

Early 16th century: from French carnation 'colour of one's flesh', based on Latin carn- 'flesh'.

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