Definition of Amaranth

1. Noun. Seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America.

Generic synonyms: Caryopsis, Grain

2. Noun. Any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food.

Definition of Amaranth

1. n. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade.

Definition of Amaranth

1. Noun. Any of various herbs, of the genus ''Amaranthus''. ¹

2. Noun. Their flowers' characteristic purplish red color; a red to purple azo dye used as a food colouring and in cosmetics. ¹

3. Noun. The seed of these plants, used as a cereal. ¹

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Definition of Amaranth

1. a flowering plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Amaranth

1. 1. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade. 2. A genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers. 2. A colour inclining to purple. Origin: L. Amarantus, Gr, unfading, amaranth; priv. + to quench, cause to wither, fr. A root meaning to die, akin to E. Mortal; so called because its flowers do not soon wither: cf. F. Amarante. The spelling with th seems to be due to confusion with Gr. Flower. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Amaranth

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Literary usage of Amaranth

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1. Hortus Kewensis; Or, A Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal by William Aiton (1813)
"Spreading, or Bloody amaranth. j\'<tt. of the Bahama Islands. Cult. ... Blunt-leaved amaranth. Nat. Cult, about 1799. Fl. July and August. H. ©• 26. ..."

2. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1856)
"THE amaranth. There is no doubt that all the efforts of art are ... The finest of all is the amaranth of Alexandria, which is generally gathered for keeping ..."

3. The Lady's Book of Flowers and Poetry: To which are Added, a Botanical edited by Lucy Hooper (1842)
"THE amaranth, which is also called Flower-gentle, and Velvet-flower, derives its botanical name from a Greek word which signifies unfading. ..."

4. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States: Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1896)
"A very troublesome weed in many parts of the Central and Western States. Naturalized from northern Europe or Asia. July-Sept. Family 16. amaranth ACE AE J. ..."

5. The Language of Flowers: The Floral Offering: a Token of Affection and by Henrietta Dumont (1852)
"THE amaranth is unfading; and it has, therefore, been made the emblem of immortality. In Homer's time, it was customary to wear crowns of amaranth at the ..."

6. Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics: Embracing the Myths, Traditions by Richard Folkard (1884)
"The amaranth was a sacred plant among the Greeks and Romans: from the former it received its ... The amaranth was also classed among the funeral flowers. ..."

7. Flora of Pennsylvania by Thomas Conrad Porter, John Kunkel Small (1903)
"amaranth FAMILY. Stamens with distinct filaments: ovule i in each cavity. Perianth present in all flowers. i. amaranthUS. Perianth wanting in the pistillate ..."

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