Definition of acanthus
1 : any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the Mediterranean region
2 : an ornamentation (as in a Corinthian capital) representing or suggesting the leaves of the acanthus
Origin of acanthus
New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn
First Known Use: 1551
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