Complete Definition of "acanthus"

English

Etymology
From L. acanthus#Latin|acanthus < AGr. polytonic|á¼ÎºÎ±Î½Î¸Î¿Ï (akanthos) < polytonic|á¼ÎºÎ® (akÄ) "thorn" + polytonic|á¼Î½Î¸Î¿Ï (anthos) "flower"

Noun
en-noun|placanthuses|pl2acanthi

  1. botany A genus of herbaceous prickly plants with toothed leaves, (family Acanthaceae, order Scrophulariales) found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; includes bear's breech.
  2. architecture An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); &mdash; used in the capitals of the Corinthian and composite orders.

Translations
trans-top|acanthus
Interlingua: acantho
Italian: acanto
trans-mid
Portuguese: acanto m
Romanian: acantÄ f or acant
Spanish: acanto
trans-bottom

See also
acantha

References
R:Webster 1913

category:English nouns with irregular plurals
category:English words with multiple plurals


Latin

Etymology
From AGr.|la polytonic|á¼ÎºÎ±Î½Î¸Î¿Ï (akanthos) < polytonic|á¼ÎºÎ® (akÄ) "thorn" + polytonic|á¼Î½Î¸Î¿Ï (anthos) "flower"

Noun
la-noun|acanthus|acanthi|acanthī|m|second

  1. A plant known as w:en:Bear's Foot|Bear's Foot.
  2. A thorny evergreen tree.

Inflection
la-decl-2nd|acanth

Category:la:Plants

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