noun acan·thus \ə-ˈkan(t)-thəs\

Definition of acanthus



  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the Mediterranean region

  2. 2 :  an ornamentation (as in a Corinthian capital) representing or suggesting the leaves of the acanthus

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Origin and Etymology of acanthus

New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn

First Known Use: 1551

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