chry·​san·​the·​mum | \ kri-ˈsan(t)-thə-məm How to pronounce chrysanthemum (audio) 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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Examples of chrysanthemum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then a much larger explosion from a building nearby shot a chrysanthemum of orange and red smoke into the air followed by a massive shock wave of whitish dust and debris that rose hundreds of feet and spread out for blocks. Ben Hubbard,, "Blasts rock Beirut, killing dozens and wounding thousands," 4 Aug. 2020 And here's a fun twist on Valentine's Day flowers: There's a real chrysanthemum inside. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "17 thoughtful and affordable gifts for Valentine's Day 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 While Colombia and Ecuador dominate the market for bouquet mainstays such as carnations, chrysanthemums, gerbera and roses, California growers shifted to species that can’t be grown in the cool upland valleys of the Andes. Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus hit California’s cut-flower industry at the worst time," 4 Apr. 2020 Pad them out with ranunculus, chrysanthemum, and tulips from the florist. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Here’s the lowdown: These plants are poisonous and should never be ingested: ● chrysanthemum● daffodil ● holly ● hyacinth ● ivy ● mistletoe ● mountain laurel If your pet chews on any of these plants, contact your veterinarian immediately. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: These plants are pretty … poisonous," 14 Dec. 2019 Local restaurants provided meals and concerned citizens dropped off books, flowers, toothbrushes — and fresh chrysanthemums for the dining hall tables. Steve Rubenstein,, "44,000 evacuations ordered in Healdsburg and Windsor as Kincade Fire grows," 26 Oct. 2019 This salad is especially good made with tender greens like baby red or green mustard, radish leaves, red or green mizuna, and/or tops of edible chrysanthemum, but feel free to experiment. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This March," 26 Feb. 2020 And the cilantro, the scallions, and the fresh chrysanthemum greens. Rachel Karten, Bon Appétit, "I Fought L.A. Traffic Just for This Beef Noodle Soup," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chrysanthemum

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrysanthemum

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

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The first known use of chrysanthemum was in 1548

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12 Aug 2020

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“Chrysanthemum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of chrysanthemum

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

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