amaranth

noun
am·​a·​ranth | \ ˈa-mə-ˌran(t)th How to pronounce amaranth (audio) \

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

Examples of amaranth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our main crops are sweet potatoes, tree collards and amaranth. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 On these squares of earth, the Aztecs successfully grew crops like maize and amaranth to feed their growing empire. Megan Zhang, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Apr. 2021 Farro, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, kamut, freekeh, barley, bulgur, quinoa... Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 23 Apr. 2021 The honey will be drizzled on an inventive Bougainvillea Mousse dessert with lemon crème and Peruvian amaranth. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Many people living with celiac disease can tolerate this whole grain, along with quinoa, amaranth, and sorghum. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, 12 Apr. 2021 Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of amaranth

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amaranth

Latin amarantus, a flower, from Greek amaranton, from neuter of amarantos unfading, from a- + marainein to waste away

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“Amaranth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amaranth. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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amaranth

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am·​a·​ranth | \ ˈam-ə-ˌran(t)th How to pronounce amaranth (audio) \

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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