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 Jaunty name aside, the candle itself is actually exquisite and radiates a cloud of geranium and vetiver that delights anyone who walks into it. Rachel Krause,, "I’m A Goop Editor & This Is What My Skincare Routine Looks Like In A Week," 22 Jan. 2021 At the beginning of the month, pinch the ends of scented geranium branches to stimulate new growth at the base of the plant. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "7 things to take care of in the garden in November," 7 Nov. 2020 One of the few plants that meets my criteria for continuous bloom, the powerhouse perennial geranium ‘Rozanne,’ blooms late spring to late fall. oregonlive, "These plants will bring fall color and fragrance to Oregon gardens," 6 Nov. 2020 Other plants that should be kept out of reach of pets include: azalea, hibiscus, daffodils, poinsettia, mushrooms, lilies, daisy, geranium, hydrangea, tomato and more. Traci Howerton,, "Sago palms are deadly to pets: See symptoms of poisoning and list of other toxiic plants," 7 Oct. 2020 Fields brim with lupine, silverweed, and geranium in every shade of purple and blue; songbirds trill and chirp in the trees. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission," 25 Sep. 2020 Enter Lieber Gustav 14, a heady blend of leather and black tea reminiscent of 1910 Berlin, and romantic floral notes of geranium and lavender, inspired by love letters sent between young fiancés. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "This Perfume Has a History (and Is the Sexiest Scent I've Ever Worn)," 12 Aug. 2020 Each one is waterproof and has a pocket for holding mosquito-repelling pellets made from natural essential oils, including citronella, rosemary, geranium, and mint oil. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Wearable Mosquito Repelling Products That Keep Pesky Biting Bugs at Bay," 6 Aug. 2020 And the scented geranium that’s labeled as a mosquito repellent is, in my opinion, absolutely useless for that purpose. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Liriope can suddenly succumb to rot," 25 June 2020

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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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The first known use of geranium was in 1548

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10 Feb 2021

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“Geranium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of geranium

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


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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