geranium

noun
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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Get a new rug, a geranium for the window, and move the furniture around. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: One-sided attraction affects a friendship," 14 June 2019 Get a new rug, a geranium for the window, and move the furniture around. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: I said I wasn’t interested, then she showed up naked," 14 June 2019 Get a new rug, a geranium for the window and move the furniture around. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: One-sided attraction affects a friendship," 14 June 2019 Get a new rug, a geranium for the window, and move the furniture around. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: If sexual harassment isn’t a friendship deal breaker, what is?," 14 June 2019 Some plants are just plain miserable, especially sun-lovers like lantana and geraniums, which may actually be drowned and starved for sunlight. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 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

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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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geranium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of geranium

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

geranium

noun
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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