[an-thee-mee-uh n]

noun, plural an·the·mi·a [an-thee-mee-uh] /ænˈθi mi ə/.

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- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anthemion

Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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


noun plural -mia (-mɪə)

a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs

Word Origin for anthemion

from Greek: a little flower, from anthos flower
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