Definition of amaranth
1 : any of a large genus (Amaranthus of the family Amaranthaceae, the amaranth family) of coarse annual herbs with clusters of small green, dark pink, red, or purplish flowers and including forms cultivated as food crops and various pigweeds
2 : a flower that never fades
3 : a pinkish or rosy red
4 : a red azo dye
Recent Examples of amaranth from the Web
Ingredients include a vegan protein blend of pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia and amaranth, with a bit of sea salt and stevia.
Chick-fil-A said Monday that the bun is made with a mix of ancient grains like millet, quinoa, sorghum, amaranth and teff.
Try heat tolerant crops such as eggplant, sweet potatoes, amaranth, or black-eyed peas.
A tall bouquet of blossoming chives and a flat of frilly micro-herbs — oregano, cilantro and amaranth among them — await the scissors’ snip.
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Origin and Etymology of amaranth
Latin amarantus, a flower, from Greek amaranton, from neuter of amarantos unfading, from a- + marainein to waste away
First Known Use: 1616See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of amaranth
1: any plant of the genus Amaranthus
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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