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ornamental

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adjective or·na·men·tal \ˌȯr-nə-ˈmen-təl\

Simple Definition of ornamental

  • : used to make something more attractive : used for decoration

Full Definition of ornamental

  1. :  of, relating to, or serving as ornament; specifically :  grown as an ornamental

or·na·men·tal·ly play \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of ornamental

  1. The garden has many ornamental shrubs.

  2. <the trim on Victorian houses is sometimes elaborately ornamental>



1646

First Known Use of ornamental

1646


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ornamental

noun or·na·men·tal

Simple Definition of ornamental

  • : a plant that is grown for its beauty rather than for its fruit, wood, etc. : an ornamental plant

Full Definition of ornamental

  1. :  a decorative object; especially :  a plant cultivated for its beauty rather than for use

Examples of ornamental

  1. The garden has many beautiful ornamentals.

  2. <a collection of fragile ornamentals kept in a glass cabinet>



1650

First Known Use of ornamental

1650



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