noun acan·thus \ə-ˈkan(t)-thəs\
plural acanthus

Definition of ACANTHUS

:  any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the Mediterranean region
:  an ornamentation (as in a Corinthian capital) representing or suggesting the leaves of the acanthus

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Origin of ACANTHUS

New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn
First Known Use: 1551


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