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acanthus

[ uh-kan-thuhs ]
/ 蓹藞k忙n 胃蓹s /
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noun, plural a路can路thus路es, a路can路thi [uh-kan-thahy]. /蓹藞k忙n 胃a瑟/.
any of several plants of the genus Acanthus, of the Mediterranean region, having spiny or toothed leaves and showy, white or purplish flowers.Compare acanthus family.
an architectural ornament, as in the Corinthian capital, resembling the leaves of this plant.
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Origin of acanthus

1610鈥20; <New Latin, Latin <Greek 谩kanthos bear's-foot

OTHER WORDS FROM acanthus

a路can路thine [uh-kan-thin, -thahyn], /蓹藞k忙n 胃瑟n, -胃a瑟n/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acanthus

acanthus
/ (蓹藞k忙n胃蓹s) /

noun plural -thuses or -thi (-胃a瑟)
any shrub or herbaceous plant of the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated as ornamental plants, having large spiny leaves and spikes of white or purplish flowers: family AcanthaceaeSee also bear's-breech
a carved ornament based on the leaves of the acanthus plant, esp as used on the capital of a Corinthian column

Word Origin for acanthus

C17: New Latin, from Greek akanthos, from akantha thorn, spine
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