dianthus

[ dahy-an-thuh s ]
/ daɪˈæn θəs /
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noun, plural di·an·thus·es.

any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Dianthus, of the pink family, as the carnation or sweet william.

Nearby words

  1. diana complex,
  2. diandrous,
  3. dianetics,
  4. dianoetic,
  5. dianoia,
  6. diapason,
  7. diapason normal pitch,
  8. diapause,
  9. diapedesis,
  10. diapente

Origin of dianthus

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dianthus

dianthus

/ (daɪˈænθəs) /

noun plural -thuses

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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