- any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, having petallike sepals and including several wild species with white flowers as well as others cultivated for their showy flowers in a variety of colors.
- sea anemone.
Origin of anemone
Examples from the Web for anemone
Historical Examples of anemone
Lulla, because of her anemone ways, is sometimes unkindly called "Huffs."Lotus Buds
The Japanese anemone should be replanted only in the spring.Making a Garden of Perennials
W. C. Egan
Drop one in the centre of an anemone and see how quickly it contracts.The Log of the Sun
Of course not; I should think I ought to know an anemone by now, sir!Bob Strong's Holidays
John Conroy Hutcheson
The Anemone and Ranunculus are medium, or half-hardy, roots.A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Catherine Esther Beecher
Word Origin for anemone
Word Origin and History for anemone
flowering plant genus, 1550s, from Middle French anemone (16c.) and directly from Latin anemone, from Greek anemone "wind flower," literally "daughter of the wind," from anemos "wind" (cognate with Latin anima; see animus) + -one feminine patronymic suffix. According to Asa Gray, so called because it was thought to open only when the wind blows. Klein suggests the flower name perhaps originally is from Hebrew (cf. na'aman, in nit'e na'amanim, literally "plants of pleasantness," in Is. xvii:10, from na'em "was pleasant"). Applied to a type of sea creature (sea anemone) from 1773.
- See sea anemone.