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anthemion

[an-thee-mee-uh n]
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noun, plural an·the·mi·a [an-thee-mee-uh] /ænˈθi mi ə/.
  1. an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
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Origin of anthemion

1860–65; < Greek anthémion, equivalent to ánthem(on) flower + -ion diminutive suffix; see antho-
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Examples from the Web for anthemion

Historical Examples

  • So did the high-born Ajax spoil Simosius, the descendant of Anthemion.

    The Iliad of Homer (1873)

    Homer

  • In such wise did Ajax fell to earth Simoeisius, son of Anthemion.

  • Pisias objected to the marriage, and upbraided Anthemion with throwing the youth away on Ismenodora.

  • Mr. Goodyear has an elaborate study of the evolution of the Ionic capital (Fig. 82) from the anthemion.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon

  • But Europe was not dependent on Greek and Roman influences alone for the spread of the anthemion.

    Evolution in Art

    Alfred C. Haddon


British Dictionary definitions for anthemion

anthemion

noun plural -mia (-mɪə)
  1. a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs
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Word Origin

from Greek: a little flower, from anthos flower
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