carnation

[ kahr-ney-shuhn ]
/ kɑrˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

any of numerous cultivated varieties of the clove pink, Dianthus caryophyllus, having long-stalked, fragrant, usually double flowers in a variety of colors: the state flower of Ohio.
pink; light red.
Obsolete. the color of flesh.

adjective

having the color carnation.

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Origin of carnation

1525–35; <Late Latin carnātiōn- (stem of carnātiō) fleshlikeness, hence flesh-color, equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -ātiōn--ation
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British Dictionary definitions for carnation

carnation
/ (kɑːˈneɪʃən) /

noun

Also called: clove pink a Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Dianthus caryophyllus, cultivated in many varieties for its white, pink, or red flowers, which have a fragrant scent of cloves
the flower of this plant
  1. a pink or reddish-pink colour
  2. (as adjective)a carnation dress
(often plural) a flesh tint in painting

Word Origin for carnation

C16: from French: flesh colour, from Late Latin carnātiō fleshiness, from Latin carō flesh
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