an·​the·​sis an-ˈthē-səs How to pronounce anthesis (audio)
: the action or period of opening of a flower

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Guardians are the anthesis of what winning baseball has come to look like over the last decade plus. Joe Noga, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ánthēsis "blooming," from anthē-, variant stem of antheîn "to blossom, bloom" (verbal derivative of ánthos "flower") + -sis -sis — more at antho-

First Known Use

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthesis was circa 1823

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“Anthesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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