- any of numerous plants of the genus Geranium, which comprises the crane's-bills.
- the wild geranium, G. maculatum, of eastern North America, having loose clusters of lavender flowers.
- Also called stork's-bill. any of various plants of the allied genus Pelargonium, native to southern Africa, having showy flowers or fragrant leaves, widely cultivated in gardens and as houseplants.
- a flower of this plant.
- a vivid red color.
Origin of geranium
Related Words for geraniumrose, flaming, maroon, glowing, cardinal, crimson, coral, wine, pink, cherry, sanguine, carmine, brick, blooming, blush, rust, copper, russet, puce, bittersweet
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Contemporary Examples of geranium
The few bursts of color were provided by furry pumps in geranium.Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2013 Paris Debut at Saint Laurent
October 1, 2012
Historical Examples of geranium
To-day she had contrived to pick up some geranium blossoms, scarlet and pink.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
He secured a berth on the Geranium, sailing from Liverpool, and cabled Brant to that effect.One Day's Courtship
I can tell a geranium, when I see it, and I know a heliotrope by the smell.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Call her the—the 'Geranium'—the 'Sunflower'—what's the name of that doll baby of yours?Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
It is not clear what point is referred to under Geranium pyrenaicum.The Foundations of the Origin of Species
- any cultivated geraniaceous plant of the genus Pelargonium, having scarlet, pink, or white showy flowersSee also pelargonium, rose geranium, lemon geranium
- any geraniaceous plant of the genus Geranium, such as cranesbill and herb Robert, having divided leaves and pink or purplish flowers
- a strong red to a moderate or strong pink colour
Word Origin for geranium
1540s, from Latin geranium, from Greek geranion, the plant name, diminutive of geranos "crane" (cognate with Latin grus, English crane (n.)), from supposed resemblance of seed pods to cranes' bills; the native name was also cranebill. As a color name from 1842.