anem·​o·​ne | \ ə-ˈne-mə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio) \

Definition of anemone

1 : any of a large genus (Anemone) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family having lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers without petals but with conspicuous sepals

called also windflower

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There were a few sponges, anemones and worms but in very low abundance. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Don’t Believe the Hype: The Pumice Raft Won’t Save the Great Barrier Reef," 30 Aug. 2019 Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Flower options include sweet peas, sun flowers, statice, straw flowers, snap dragons, stock, bells of Ireland, anemone and aster. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Tamales, fry bread, dumplings, Somalian food and more at Mountain View monthly market," 8 Aug. 2019 An open anemone farther away might attract them, but clownfish are poor swimmers, so moving away isn’t a good option. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 2019 Live crabs, algae, anemones and a sea hare, collected from the La Jolla tide pools that morning, were displayed in plastic cups and aquariums on one of the tables. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World Below the Waves brings tide pools to children," 18 July 2019 Brown Dog Farm will have local flower arrangements of anemone, ranunculus, stock, ammobium, forget-me-not, snap dragons, and bachelor buttons. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Locally grown zucchini and broccoli? Summer heat brings them early.," 27 June 2019 Brown Dog Farm has more tulips and anemones at the market this week, while Rob Wells at Hatcher Pass Dahlias has dahlia starts at clearance prices, along with tumbler tomato baskets, nasturtium baskets and zucchini starts. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 With Heaton dressed in the lush florals of Dior Men’s Spring 2019 collection and Dyer sporting lacy anemone blooms, the couple complemented each other perfectly. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Stranger Things’ Girl Next Door Was Sundance’s Breakout Style Star," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of anemone

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anemone

Latin, from Greek anemōnē

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English Language Learners Definition of anemone

: a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers


anem·​o·​ne | \ ə-ˈne-mə-nē\

Kids Definition of anemone

1 : a plant that blooms in spring and is often grown for its large white or colored flowers


anem·​o·​ne | \ ə-ˈnem-ə-nē How to pronounce anemone (audio) \

Medical Definition of anemone

1 capitalized : a genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) widely distributed in temperate and subarctic regions that have lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers and that include some (as a pasqueflower) used medicinally especially formerly
2 : a plant or flower of the genus Anemone

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