- 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
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A similar malformation in Dianthus barbatus is not uncommon.
The Dianthus is a favourite flower for this purpose in Upper Germany.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
It may be doubted whether the Dianthus superbus of Miller's Dict.The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 9
Dianthus, dī-an′thus, n. the genus of herbaceous flowers to which carnations and pinks belong.
This Dianthus has the more interest from its similarity to the one described by Goethe, Metam.
- any Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Dianthus, such as the carnation, pink, and sweet william
C19: New Latin, from Greek di- 1 + anthos flower
Word Origin and History for dianthus
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