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

Examples of geranium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seven sustainable ingredients—bergamot, diva lavender, green mandarin, Turkish rose, sage heart, Haitian vetiver and bourbon geranium—provide the slightly sweet scent that is reminiscent of the earth. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The scent is a dreamy mix of grapefruit, cardamom, rose, and geranium. Editors Of Men's Health, Men's Health, 4 May 2022 Keep your little ones defended against mosquitos with this baby-safe DEET-free formula, which uses a blend of bug-repelling ingredients and essential oils like citronella, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, and geranium. Lauren Oster,, 23 Apr. 2021 The notes are magnolia, musk, tangerine, blueberry, Bulgarian rose absolute, geranium, and patchouli. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Apr. 2022 Popular heart notes include cooling spices like cumin and coriander, as well as lush florals such as jasmine, rose, lavender, and geranium. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 My personal favorite of Saint Olio’s cleaners, Nº 2, is a mélange of geranium, rose, and orange blossom. Stephanie Loo, Bon Appétit, 5 Apr. 2022 It was invaded by shiny geranium (Geranium lucidum) about two years ago. oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2022 These include top notes of bergamot, Italian green mandarin and diva lavender from France; middle notes of Turkish rose and sage heart; and base notes of Haitian vetiver and bourbon geranium from Madagascar. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Geranium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of geranium

: a plant often grown for its bright flowers

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