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amaranth

Syllabification: am·a·ranth
Pronunciation: /ˈaməˌranTH
 
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Definition of amaranth in English:

noun

1Any plant of the genus Amaranthus, typically having small green, red, or purple tinted flowers. Certain varieties are grown for food.
  • Family Amaranthaceae: several genera, especially Amaranthus
Example sentences
  • Several important crops are members of these families, with amaranth probably one of the most promising unexploited food and fodder crops.
  • For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.
  • This and a nearby plant were the first seabeach amaranth seen in more than 30 years.
2An imaginary flower that never fades.
Example sentences
  • It is to last and never fade like the amaranth flowers.
  • A rose and an amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden.
3A purple color.
Example sentences
  • Then the dyed cloth becomes black and shines with amaranth.
  • The grey and the amaranth show on the surface through the beige.
  • It is intense ruby in colour, tending towards a lively amaranth.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French amarante or modern Latin amaranthus, alteration (on the pattern of plant names ending in -anthus, from Greek anthos 'flower') of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos 'everlasting', from a- 'not' + marainein 'wither'.

Derivatives

amaranthine

1
Pronunciation: /ˌaməˈranTHin, -ˌTHīn/
adjective
Example sentences
  • As I'm learning more and more about Judaism, I'm finding that there is an amaranthine well of knowledge for me to uncover.
  • In the amaranthine blackness, there were no days, and there were no years.
  • She returned her gaze to the sunset, washing everything in tones of red and amaranthine.

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