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noun (pl=acanthuses, pl2=acanthi)
  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); — used in the capitals of the Corinthian and composite orders.
Translations: 
  • Italian: acanto
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: acanto
    (trans-bottom)
Etymology: From acanthusLatin, acanthus < Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (akanthos) < (polytonic, á) (akÄ) "thorn" + (polytonic, á) (anthos) "flower"


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