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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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There are spicy mizunas, tender bok choy, beautiful amaranths, and the versatile komatsuna—all rich in vitamins with many varieties that are perfect for transitional times of year, including as winter turns into spring. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "Our Garden Editor’s Favorite Seed Companies," 22 Jan. 2018 China’s approval of Enlist will help provide a new weapon against hard-to-kill weeds like waterhemp and palmer amaranth. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "China’s GMO Ruling Hands U.S. Farmers New Tool in Battle Against Weeds," 8 Jan. 2019 Christian, which included fresh-from-the-farm dahlias, sunflowers, and amaranth, as highlights in the room. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Model Caroline Brasch Nielsen Took a Canal Boat to Her Wedding in Copenhagen," 27 Aug. 2018 Sasson points to a coconut ceviche salad with quinoa and amaranth as an example of how that approach translates to the menu. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's new outdoor dining concept feels more like Miami Beach," 22 June 2018 Herbicide resistance can work in many different ways; take glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), or pigweed, for example. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018 When the harvest happens, farmers build an oven with dry compact soil, heated with the fire of the remainings of other harvests (branches of quinoa and amaranth) and potatoes get cooked inside. Noelle Carter,, "A world renowned chef on cooking what may be Peru's most famous food — and it's probably in your kitchen," 24 May 2018 Taub-Dix prefers Dave’s Killer Bread because of its impressive ingredient list, which includes rolled oats, barley, quinoa, amaranth and other whole grains. NBC News, "Nutritionist-approved convenience foods that save time on meal prep," 27 Mar. 2018 At issue is a 2.5-mile stretch of undeveloped sand home each year to the piping plover that nests in shallow indentations in the sand, and the seabeach amaranth, a plant that was thought to be extinct before it was rediscovered in 2001. Washington Post, "Needs of birds, wants of drivers collide on unspoiled beach," 5 Mar. 2018

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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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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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