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ˈæm əˌrænθama·ranth

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amaranthnoun

    seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America

  2. amaranthnoun

    any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food


  1. amaranthnoun

    Any of various herbs, of the genus Amaranthus.

  2. amaranthnoun

    Their flowers' characteristic purplish red color; a red to purple azo dye used as a food colouring and in cosmetics.

  3. amaranthnoun

    The seed of these plants, used as a cereal.

  4. Etymology: From amarantus (influenced by plant names derived from Greek ἄνθος), from ἀμάραντος

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amaranthnoun

    The name of a plant.

    Etymology: amaranthus, Lat. from α and μαϱάινω.

    The flowers have no petals; the cup of the flower is dry and multifid; the seeds are included in membranaceous vessels, which, when come to maturity, burst open transversely or horizontally, like purslane, each of which contains one or more roundish seeds.

    Among the many species, the most beautiful are,
    1. The tree amaranth.
    2. The long pendulous aramanth, with reddish coloured seeds, commonly called Love lies a bleeding. All these plants must be sown on a good hotbed in February, or the be ginning of March. They produce large beautiful flowers, and perfect their seed in September. Philip Miller.

    Immortal amaranth! a flower which once
    In paradise, fast by the tree of life,
    Began to bloom; but soon, for man’s offence,
    To heav’n remov’d, where first it grew, there grows,
    And flow’rs aloft, shading the fount of life;
    And where the river of bliss, thro’ midst of heav’n,
    Rowls o’er Elysian flow’rs her amber stream:
    With these, that never fade, the spirits elect
    Bind their resplendent locks, inwreath’d with beams. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 353.


  1. Amaranth

    Amaranthus is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants collectively known as amaranths. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Catkin-like cymes of densely packed flowers grow in summer or autumn. Amaranth varies in flower, leaf, and stem color with a range of striking pigments from the spectrum of maroon to crimson and can grow longitudinally from 1 to 2.5 metres (3 to 8 feet) tall with a cylindrical, succulent, fibrous stem that is hollow with grooves and bracteoles when mature. There are approximately 75 species in the genus, 10 of which are dioecious and native to North America with the remaining 65 monoecious species endemic to every continent (except Antarctica) from tropical lowlands to the Himalayas. Members of this genus share many characteristics and uses with members of the closely related genus Celosia. Amaranth grain is collected from the genus. The leaves of some species are also eaten.


  1. amaranth

    Amaranth is a type of plant that belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, known for its brightly colored flowers and nutritious seeds. It comprises about 60 different species, some of which are cultivated as leafy vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. The seeds of the amaranth plant are also used to make flour and can be popped like popcorn. In addition, the term "amaranth" is often referred to an imaginary and undying flower in poetry and literature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amaranthnoun

    an imaginary flower supposed never to fade

  2. Amaranthnoun

    a genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers

  3. Amaranthnoun

    a color inclining to purple

  4. Etymology: [L. amarantus, Gr. , unfading, amaranth; 'a priv. + to quench, cause to wither, fr. a root meaning to die, akin to E. mortal; -- so called because its flowers do not soon wither: cf. F. amarante. The spelling with th seems to be due to confusion with Gr. flower.]


  1. Amaranth

    Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Catkin-like cymes of densely packed flowers grow in summer or autumn. Approximately 60 species are recognized, with inflorescences and foliage ranging from purple and red to green or gold. Members of this genus share many characteristics and uses with members of the closely related genus Celosia. Although several species are often considered weeds, people around the world value amaranths as leaf vegetables, cereals, and ornamental plants. "Amaranth" derives from Greek ἀμάραντος, "unfading," with the Greek word for "flower," ἄνθος, factoring into the word's development as "amaranth." The more accurate "amarant" is an archaic variant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amaranth

    -us, am′ar-anth, -us, n. a genus of plants with richly-coloured flowers, that last long without withering, as Love-lies-bleeding, early employed as an emblem of immortality.—adj. Amaranth′ine, pertaining to amaranth: unfading. [Through Fr. and L. from Gr. amarantos, unfading—a, neg., and root mar, to waste away; allied to L. mori, to die.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Amaranth

    Amaranth is a grain rich in protein calcium, fiber and iron. It is especially good for women as a dietary supplement.

    I love amaranth pudding and have it everyday for breakfast.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 24, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amaranth in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amaranth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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