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amaranth

Line breaks: am¦ar|anth
Pronunciation: /ˈaməranθ
 
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Definition of amaranth in English:

noun

1A plant of a chiefly tropical family that includes love-lies-bleeding.
  • 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.
  • Like other members of the amaranth family it is nutritious and highly decorative with reddish-purple markings on the stems.
  • The genus Celosia, of the amaranth family, offers blooms that satisfy the florist or gardener who's looking for a more unusual plant.
2A purple colour.
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 'not fading'.

Derivatives

amaranthine

1
Pronunciation: /ˌaməˈranθʌɪn/
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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