geranium

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

Definition of geranium

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  pelargonium

  3. 3 :  a vivid or strong red

Origin and Etymology of geranium

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


First Known Use: 1548


GERANIUM Defined for English Language Learners

geranium

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

Definition of geranium for English Language Learners

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


GERANIUM Defined for Kids

geranium

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noun ge·ra·ni·um \jə-ˈrā-nē-əm\

Definition of geranium for Students

  1. :  a plant often grown for its bright flowers

History for geranium

Many of the plants of the geranium family have long, thin, pointed fruits that look a bit like the bill of a bird. The ancient Greeks thought that the fruit of the wild geranium looked like the bill of a crane, and so gave the plant the name geranion, literally, “little crane.” The English word geranium came from this Greek name.


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