dianthus

[dahy-an-thuh s]
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
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dianthus

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

Word Origin for dianthus

C19: New Latin, from Greek di- 1 + anthos flower
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Word Origin and History for dianthus

Dianthus

n.

1849, from Modern Latin (Linnaeus), literally "flower of Zeus," from Greek Dios, genitive of Zeus "Zeus" (see Zeus) + anthos "flower" (see anther).

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