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amaranth

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noun am·a·ranth \ˈa-mə-ˌran(t)th\

Definition of amaranth

  1. 1 :  any of a large genus (Amaranthus of the family Amaranthaceae, the amaranth family) of coarse annual herbs including forms cultivated as food crops and various pigweeds

  2. 2 :  a flower that never fades

  3. 3 :  a red azo dye



Origin of amaranth

Latin amarantus, a flower, from Greek amaranton, from neuter of amarantos unfading, from a- + marainein to waste away


First Known Use: 1616


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amaranth

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noun am·a·ranth \ˈam-ə-ˌran(t)th\

Medical Definition of amaranth

  1. 1:  any plant of the genus Amaranthus

  2. 2:  a red acid azo dye C20H11N2Na3O10S3 that is used chiefly in coloring foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical preparations and in dyeing wool and silk




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