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amaranthine

[am-uh-ran-thin, -thahyn]
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adjective
  1. of or like the amaranth.
  2. unfading; everlasting: a woman of amaranthine loveliness.
  3. of purplish-red color.

Origin of amaranthine

First recorded in 1660–70; amaranth + -ine1
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Examples from the Web for amaranthine

Historical Examples

  • On the sculptor's side, the amaranthine flower was already in full blow.

    The Marble Faun, Volume II.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • At the bottom of this dell the flowers have an amaranthine bloom.

  • It made him jealous to imagine them lost in this amaranthine profundity.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • We are not in a hurry, because the crown we are seeking is amaranthine, unfading.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry

  • Thoughts of amaranthine bloom will spring up in the fields ploughed to give food to suffering men.


British Dictionary definitions for amaranthine

amaranthine

adjective
  1. of a dark reddish-purple colour
  2. of or resembling the amaranth
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Word Origin and History for amaranthine

adj.

1660s, "unfading, undying," poetic (apparently coined by Milton), also amarantine; see amaranth. Later used of a purple color.

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