an·​the·​mi·​on an-ˈthē-mē-ən How to pronounce anthemion (audio)
plural anthemia an-ˈthē-mē-ə How to pronounce anthemion (audio) or anthemions
: a flat ornament of floral form (as in relief sculpture or in painting)

Word History


borrowed from Greek anthémion "floral pattern on an Ionic column," diminutive of ánthemon "blossom, flower," from ánthos "flower" + -emon, noun suffix of uncertain sense (also in árgemon "white spot on the eye," from argós "bright, white") — more at antho-

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthemion was in 1865

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“Anthemion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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