ge·​ra·​ni·​um | \ jə-ˈrā-nē-əm How to pronounce geranium (audio) , -nyəm How to pronounce geranium (audio) \

Definition of geranium

1 : any of a widely distributed genus (Geranium of the family Geraniaceae, the geranium family) of plants having regular usually white, pink, or purple flowers with elongated styles and glands that alternate with the petals

called also cranesbill

3 : a vivid or strong red

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Armenia distilled brandy and supplied rose, geranium, and apricot extracts, two endemic botanicals shipped to Moscow where they were used in the production of soap. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 Photo: Alamy Munich Start at Karlsplatz, not far from the main rail station, and stroll the half-dozen pedestrian-only blocks through a wonderland of pastel houses, stepped gables and windows dripping with geraniums, on down to the Rathaus. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 Get in the mood for love with Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Cleanser, a delicate floral cleanser that smells like geranium leaf, bergamot, and rosebud. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 But Molly Wood, a landscape designer who also owns a garden shop in Costa Mesa, Calif., experiments with plants such as geraniums, lavenders and rosemary to create a less-dense take on the classic lollipop shape, known as a standard. Cynthia Kling, WSJ, "Laid-Back Topiary for Your Winter Windowsill," 12 Oct. 2018 All eight shades are infused with geranium and rose oils for a lovely floral scent. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Origins Launches Blooming Bold Lipstick and Sheer Lip Balm Made With Real Flowers," 28 Sep. 2018 Hormone-regulating essential oils clary sage, rose, and geranium can help maintain a healthy hormone balance in the body. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways You Can Use Essential Oils To Treat And Prevent Acne Naturally," 8 Nov. 2017 One is Steve McQueen’s in Los Angeles, captured with its clay pots of geraniums in the 1969 book The Hollywood Style. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Summer Bar Soap Looks Like a Steve McQueen Pool Party," 29 June 2018 The perennial geraniums will spread and be a nice consistent color all summer. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Shout Out: Loreen Mershimer, gardener and community club member," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of geranium

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for geranium

New Latin, from Latin, geranium, from Greek geranion, from diminutive of geranos crane — more at crane

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English Language Learners Definition of geranium

: a plant that is grown for its red, white, pink, or purple flowers


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Kids Definition of geranium

: a plant often grown for its bright flowers

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