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carnation

noun car·na·tion \kär-ˈnā-shən\

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

Full Definition of CARNATION

1
a (1) :  the variable color of human flesh (2) :  a pale to grayish yellow
b :  a moderate red
2
:  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
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Examples of CARNATION

  1. The groom wore a carnation in his buttonhole.

Origin of CARNATION

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

carnation

noun car·na·tion \kär-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of CARNATION for Kids

:  a fragrant usually white, pink, or red garden or greenhouse flower

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