Definition of anemone in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnemənē/


1A plant of the buttercup family, typically bearing brightly colored flowers. Anemones are widely distributed in the wild, and several kinds are popular garden plants.
  • Genus Anemone, family Ranunculaceae: numerous species, including the North American wood anemone (A. quinquefolia).
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

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Syllabification: a·nem·o·ne

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