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Acanthus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ACANTH'US, n. [G. and L. acanthus, from a prickle or thorn. See acantha.]
1. The plant bear's breech or brank ursine; a genus of several species, receiving their name from their prickles.
2. In architecture, an ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus, used in capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural acanthus) Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Greek akanthos, an acanthus, from akantha thorn Date: 1551 1. any of a genus (Acanthus of the family Acanthaceae, the acanthus family) of prickly perennial herbs chiefly of the Mediterranean region 2. an ornamentation (as in a Corinthian capital) representing or suggesting the leaves of the acanthus

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 any herbaceous plant or shrub of the genus Acanthus, with spiny leaves. 2 Archit. a conventionalized representation of an acanthus leaf, used esp. as a decoration for Corinthian column capitals. Etymology: L f. Gk akanthos f. akantha thorn perh. f. ake sharp point

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Acanthus A*can"thus, n.; pl. E. Acanthuses, L. Acanthi. [L., from Gr. ?. Cf. Acantha.] 1. (Bot.) A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech. 2. (Arch.) An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders.




 


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