chry·​san·​the·​mum | \kri-ˈsan(t)-thə-məm also -ˈzan(t)- \

Definition of chrysanthemum 

1 : any of various composite plants (genus Chrysanthemum) including weeds, ornamentals grown for their brightly colored often double flower heads, and others important as sources of medicinals and insecticides

2 : a flower head of an ornamental chrysanthemum

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Plants that sustain leaf and stem system injury include chrysanthemums, onions, rye, and alfalfa. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? Are They Friendly Worms? Or Deadly Parasites?," 1 Mar. 2017 Lauren Fensterstock uses shells, resin, and rubber to make stalactites and stalagmites, and paper to make a dense head-high bed of black Japanese chrysanthemums. Thomas Hine,, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 Aside from owning and running the Innkham Homestay and producing organic chrysanthemums and strawberries, Mr. Singkharaj organizes one of the Dare to Return networks of new-generation farmers. Prisana Kongwong, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why young professionals are taking up farming in Thailand," 2 July 2018 These include asters, ornamental salvias, caryopteris, perovskia, lespedeza, buddleia and chrysanthemums. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018 Permethrin is a synthetic form of an insecticidal compound that comes from chrysanthemums. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Tick-repelling clothes might actually stop the little blood-suckers, CDC says | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 Flower symbolism appears on Chinese pottery dating to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.) and both the rose and chrysanthemum were originally herbs that the Chinese cultivated and refined over thousands of years. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "In Obama’s Official Portrait the Flowers Are Cultivated From the Past," 21 Feb. 2018 Little tulips, poppies and chrysanthemums soon followed. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Power of Wearing Flowers," 16 Feb. 2018 The fresh bitterness of the shungiku, a variety of chrysanthemum, mellows as the leaves wilt. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of chrysanthemum

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrysanthemum

Latin, from Greek chrysanthemon, from chrys- + anthemon flower; akin to Greek anthos flower

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English Language Learners Definition of chrysanthemum

: a plant that has brightly colored flowers and that is often grown in gardens; also : the flower of this plant


chry·​san·​the·​mum | \kri-ˈsan-thə-məm \

Kids Definition of chrysanthemum

: a plant related to the daisies that has brightly colored flower heads

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