Definitions for acanthusəˈkæn θəs; -θaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acanthus(noun)

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


  1. acanthus(Noun)

    A member of the genus Acanthus of herbaceous prickly plants with toothed leaves, (family Acanthaceae, order Scrophulariales) found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India.

  2. acanthus(Noun)

    An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of Acanthus spinosus, and used in the capitals of the Corinthian and composite orders.

  3. Origin: * First attested in 1667.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acanthus(noun)

    a genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech

  2. Acanthus(noun)

    an ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders

  3. Origin: [L., from Gr. . Cf. Acantha.]


  1. Acanthus

    Acanthus is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, native to tropical and warm temperate regions, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Asia. Common names include Acanthus and Bear's breeches. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ακανθος, meaning "thorny." The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, rarely subshrubs, with spiny leaves and flower spikes bearing white or purplish flowers. Size varies from 0.4 to 2 m in height.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Acanthus

    a leaf-like ornament on the capitals of the columns of certain orders of architecture.

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