[ kri-san-thuh-muhm ]
/ krɪˈsæn θə məm /
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any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
any cultivated variety of the plant C. morifolium, native to China, and of other species of Chrysanthemum, notable for the diversity of color and size of their autumnal flowers.
the flower of any such plant.
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Origin of chrysanthemum

1570–80; <Latin <Greek chrȳsánthemon, equivalent to chrȳs-chrys- + ánthemon flower, akin to ánthos;see antho-
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What does chrysanthemum mean?

The name chrysanthemum is used to refer to a number of plants known for their showy flowers that come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow.

The name can refer to the flower or the plant and can be used for any plant in the genus Chrysanthemum.

Chrysanthemums are often referred to with the shortened name mums.

Chrysanthemums are one of the November birth flowers (a flower that’s associated with a particular month in the same way as a birthstone).

In parts of the U.S., chrysanthemums are a popular decoration for the fall season. The flowers also have cultural significance in East Asia, particularly In Japan and China.

The chrysanthemum is the official flower of the city of Chicago.

Example: In the fall, we like to decorate our front port with chrysanthemums and pumpkins.

Where does chrysanthemum come from?

The first records of the word chrysanthemum come from around the 1570s. It comes from the Greek chrȳsánthemon, from chrȳs, meaning “golden,” and ánthemon, meaning “flower.”

Most varieties of chrysanthemums are perennials. They are native to and most common in East Asia, where they are sometimes used to make tea.

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Chrysanthemum is commonly shortened to mum. The flowers are known for their variety of colors and are popular fall decorations in some places.


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British Dictionary definitions for chrysanthemum

/ (krɪˈsænθəməm) /

any widely cultivated plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, esp C. morifolium of China, having brightly coloured showy flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
any other plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, such as oxeye daisy

Word Origin for chrysanthemum

C16: from Latin: marigold, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos gold + anthemon flower
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