ge·​ra·​ni·​um | \jə-ˈrā-nē-əm, -nyəm \

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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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 Here's how to repot a houseplant that's outgrowing its pot: Pelargonium A close cousin to the geranium, pelargonium is undoubtedly more elegant and just as easy to grow. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Of The Easiest Houseplants To Grow From Cuttings," 14 Dec. 2017 The interior has a painted starry sky ceiling with wall murals and accents to recreate a Spanish town square, including potted geraniums, gurgling fountains, soft music and a stone floor. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso," 5 July 2018 Many gardeners remove the declining geraniums and add new warm season color to the garden spots. Tom Maccubbin,, "Summer heat, rain not kind to geraniums," 30 June 2018 Timing is essential so that the geraniums are at peak by Memorial Day week. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Suffield High Agriscience Students Honor The Fallen," 6 June 2018 Red or white geraniums or impatiens add bulk and filler. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 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


ge·​ra·​ni·​um | \jə-ˈrā-nē-əm \

Kids Definition of geranium

: a plant often grown for its bright flowers

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