an·​the·​mi·​on | \ an-ˈthē-mē-ən How to pronounce anthemion (audio) \
plural anthemia\ an-​ˈthē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce anthemia (audio) \ or anthemions

Definition of anthemion

: a flat ornament of floral form (as in relief sculpture or in painting)

First Known Use of anthemion

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthemion

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-

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“Anthemion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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