[ dahy-an-thuhs ]

noun,plural di·an·thus·es.
  1. any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Dianthus, of the pink family, as the carnation or sweet william.

Origin of dianthus

<New Latin (Linnaeus) <Greek Di(ós) of Zeus (genitive of Zeús) + ánthos flower

Words Nearby dianthus

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How to use dianthus in a sentence

  • dianthus barbatus (Sweet William), red, pink, white; one to two feet; June.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden | Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • Now, let me see—Aquilegia, dianthus barbatus, Dicentra spectabilis—gracious!

    The Librarian at Play | Edmund Lester Pearson
  • With this class belongs the Sweet-William (dianthus barbatus), which should be sown and treated in a like manner.

    The Garden, You, and I | Mabel Osgood Wright
  • Nightshade flourished on the threshold, death lilies by the hearth, dianthus and lady fern.

    Japanese Fairy Tales | Grace James
  • And on the river there floated boats of fresh flowers, the red dianthus and the campanula, golden rod and meadow-sweet.

    Japanese Fairy Tales | Grace James

British Dictionary definitions for dianthus


/ (daɪˈænθəs) /

nounplural -thuses
  1. any Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Dianthus, such as the carnation, pink, and sweet william

Origin of dianthus

C19: New Latin, from Greek di- 1 + anthos flower

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