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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 An open box displayed what’s inside: a forest-green jigsaw of Thai basil, fennel, leeks, amaranth and more, selling for $40 per box. Los Angeles Times, "Your local farm in a box: How farmers are coping with the crisis," 24 Apr. 2020 Ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth are very rarely refined so are a solid bet as well. Sophie Egan, New York Times, "What Should I Look for When Buying Whole Grains?," 16 Mar. 2020 Before the conquest, the average indigenous diet would have included foods like tomatoes, squash, amaranth, corn, beans, and chiles. Lesley Téllez, Bon Appétit, "These Vegan Tacos Are More Than a Trend," 13 Feb. 2020 Roundup-resistant weeds like palmer amaranth and waterhemp afflict tens of millions of U.S. farm acres, choking out crops and adding costs for farmers. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Corteva Ups Ante in Challenging Bayer on Biotech Seeds," 30 Jan. 2020 The Palmer amaranth, a type of pigweed that was originally native to the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., can out-compete most commercial crops, is highly resistant to common herbicides and can be toxic to livestock. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Connecticut crops threatened by new invasive herbicide-resistant weed," 12 Aug. 2014 According to an article this year in Chemical and Engineering News, a Kansas State University professor estimated that Palmer amaranth can reduce crop yields by 50 percent or more if left unchecked. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Connecticut crops threatened by new invasive herbicide-resistant weed," 12 Aug. 2014 The Bismarck Tribune reports Palmer amaranth can grow up to 7 feet and resist herbicides. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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