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[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.
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Origin of dianthus

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

  • A similar malformation in Dianthus barbatus is not uncommon.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • The Dianthus is a favourite flower for this purpose in Upper Germany.

  • It may be doubted whether the Dianthus superbus of Miller's Dict.

  • 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.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for dianthus


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

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



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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