am·​a·​ran·​thine ˌa-mə-ˈran(t)-thən How to pronounce amaranthine (audio)
: of or relating to an amaranth
: of the color amaranth

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Long ago poets conceived of a flower that did not fade and christened it amaranth. The appellation is rooted in the Greek word amarantos, meaning "immortal" or "unfading," and amarantus, the Latin name of a flower (probably Celosia cristata). The word amaranthine emerged as an adjective of the imaginary flower and subsequently of anything possessing its undying quality. Amaranth also names a real plant (genus Amaranthus), an herb that some consider a weed and others grow for its colorful leaves and spikes of flowers.

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of amaranthine was in 1667


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“Amaranthine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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