- an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
Origin of anthemion
1860–65; < Greek anthémion, equivalent to ánthem(on) flower + -ion diminutive suffix; see antho-
Also called honeysuckle ornament.
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Examples from the Web for anthemion
So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simosius, the descendant of Anthemion.
In such wise did Ajax fell to earth Simoeisius, son of Anthemion.The Iliad
Pisias objected to the marriage, and upbraided Anthemion with throwing the youth away on Ismenodora.Plutarch's Morals
Mr. Goodyear has an elaborate study of the evolution of the Ionic capital (Fig. 82) from the anthemion.
But Europe was not dependent on Greek and Roman influences alone for the spread of the anthemion.
- a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs
from Greek: a little flower, from anthos flower
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