noun \kär-ˈnā-shən\

: a pink, white, yellow, or red flower that has a sweet smell

Full Definition of CARNATION

a (1) :  the variable color of human flesh (2) :  a pale to grayish yellow
b :  a moderate red
:  a plant of any of numerous often cultivated and usually double-flowered varieties or subspecies of an Old World pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) originally flesh-colored but now found in many color variations

Examples of CARNATION

  1. The groom wore a carnation in his buttonhole.


Middle French, from Old Italian carnagione, from carne flesh, from Latin carn-, caro
First Known Use: circa 1535


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Herbaceous plant (Dianthus caryophyllus) of the pink family, native to the Mediterranean, widely cultivated for its fringe-petaled, often spicy-smelling flowers. Border, or garden, carnations include a range of varieties and hybrids. The perpetual flowering carnation, taller and stouter, produces larger flowers and blooms almost continuously in the greenhouse; miniature (baby) and spray varieties are also grown for the florist trade. Carnations are among the most popular cut flowers, used in floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres.


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