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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

Examples of amaranth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a less-lasting memento of your visit, try the blue corn griddle cakes from Indian Pueblo Kitchen which are also made using quinoa, amaranth, currants, piñon, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 2 May 2022 That includes things like brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, millet, and quinoa, according to the Mayo Clinic. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 4 Apr. 2022 Each serving also contains the healthy, filling, and gluten-free grains amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and chia. Amy Schlinger,, 10 Jan. 2022 Small grains like amaranth and quinoa can cook fully in five to 15 minutes, while larger grains like farro and wild rice can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour -- so keep an eye on your pot and check it frequently. Casey Barber, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 Dinner might include a hibiscus soup modeled on the classic jamaica agua fresca, upon which a sphere of Crenshaw melon, Oregon coast crab and puffed amaranth floats effortlessly, accompanied by an anecdote from Medina about Aztec foodways. Jordan Michelman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Dicamba-resistant Palmer amaranth was confirmed in Tennessee in 2020. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Palmer amaranth, the ultimate opportunist, now grows in at least 39 states. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Black / Brown Chocolate cosmos, pincushion plant, amaranth, fiddleheads, and agonis are all incredible together—a bit moody, yes, but not too somber. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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