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acanthus

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noun acan·thus \ə-ˈkan(t)-thəs\

Definition of acanthus

plural acanthus

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the Mediterranean region

  2. 2 :  an ornamentation (as in a Corinthian capital) representing or suggesting the leaves of the acanthus



Illustration of acanthus

Origin of acanthus

New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn


First Known Use: 1551



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