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chrysanthemum

Line breaks: chrys|an¦the¦mum
Pronunciation: /krɪˈsanθɪməm
 
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Definition of chrysanthemum in English:

noun (plural chrysanthemums)

1A plant of the daisy family with brightly coloured ornamental flowers, existing in many cultivated varieties.
  • Genera Chrysanthemum or (most cultivated species) Dendranthema, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • The corporation parks department created displays of autumn flowers, including chrysanthemums, Michaelmas daisies, geraniums, salvias and primuli.
  • I went upstairs on the roof and sat among the potted plants, among the violets and chrysanthemums and marigolds and daisies.
  • Vegetable harvest coincides with bright autumn foliage, chrysanthemums, asters and sedum.
1.1A flower or flowering stem of this plant.
Example sentences
  • A square pewter container was next, containing black dogwood stems, large green chrysanthemums, white lilies, the palest green flowers surrounded by senecio and rosemary, and yellow cymbidium orchids cascading over the edge.
  • In this study a mathematical description has been developed for both hydraulic conductivity and conduit length distribution as functions of height in a chrysanthemum stem.
  • Last year I potted up a bunch of cut chrysanthemums that had rooted in the vase.

Origin

mid 16th century (originally denoting the corn marigold): from Latin, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos 'gold' + anthemon 'flower'.

Words that rhyme with chrysanthemum

helianthemum

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