chrysanthemum

noun

chry·​san·​the·​mum kri-ˈsan(t)-thə-məm How to pronounce chrysanthemum (audio)
 also  -ˈzan(t)-
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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the late-season garden offers all these flower shapes from just one plant: the chrysanthemum. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2022 The white chrysanthemum, in particular, is used in funerals and Day of the Dead altars, according an article by Cake Blog. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 The chrysanthemum is an ancient symbol of the Imperial Family and serves as the Emperor's coat of arms. Fox News, 14 July 2022 The show includes two Mondrian watercolors, a lily from around 1917 and a chrysanthemum made after 1921. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The Qi sells dried flowers like rose and chrysanthemum that bloom in hot water. Bon Appétit, 19 Nov. 2021 The white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 The white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 The white chrysanthemum is a symbol of mourning in Korean culture, and the rally was in part a somber vigil for the shooting victims. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, going back to Latin chrȳsanthemon, chrȳsanthemum "a yellow-flowered composite plant," borrowed from Greek chrȳsánthemon "any of various plants with bright yellow flowers," from chrȳsós "gold" + ánthemon "blossom, flower" — more at chryso-, anthemion

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chrysanthemum was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Chrysanthemum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chrysanthemum. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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chrysanthemum

noun

chry·​san·​the·​mum kri-ˈsan-thə-məm How to pronounce chrysanthemum (audio)
: a plant related to the daisies that has brightly colored flower heads

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