- carnap, rudolf,
- carnegie hall,
- carnegie unit
Origin of carnation
Examples from the Web for carnation
Justin, a 4-year-old West Highland terrier from Long Island, was having his face hair-sprayed into the shape of a carnation.Backstage at the 2013 Westminster Dog Show, Won by Banana Joe|Isabel Wilkinson|February 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Of course, I need not say that the carnation I wore was quite fresh.From the Housetops|George Barr McCutcheon
She passed Joiner Andreas's house, but retraced her steps in order to get a good view of the carnation bed.Heimatlos|Johanna Spyri
The blood had come back to her face in a rush of carnation; she drank—choked—drank—he laid her head down and her eyes opened.Man and Maid|E. (Edith) Nesbit
- a pink or reddish-pink colour
- (as adjective)a carnation dress
Word Origin for carnation
"Dianthus Caryophyllus," commonly also called "pink," herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to southern Europe and abundant in Normandy, 1530s, of uncertain origin. The early forms are confused; perhaps (on evidence of early spellings) it is a corruption of coronation, from the flower's being used in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals.
Or it might be called for its pinkness and derive from Middle French carnation "person's color or complexion" (15c.), which probably is from Italian dialectal carnagione "flesh color," from Late Latin carnationem (nominative carnatio) "fleshiness," from Latin caro "flesh" (see carnage). This carnation had been borrowed separately into English as "color of human flesh" (1530s) and as an adjective meaning "flesh-colored" (1560s; the earliest use of the word in English was to mean "the incarnation of Christ," mid-14c.). OED points out that not all the flowers are this color.