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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kan-thuh s]
    • /əˈkæn θəs/
    • /əˈkænθəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kan-thuh s]
    • /əˈkæn θəs/

Definitions of acanthus word

  • noun acanthus any shrub or herbaceous plant of the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated as ornamental plants, having large spiny leaves and spikes of white or purplish flowers: family Acanthaceae 3
  • noun acanthus a carved ornament based on the leaves of the acanthus plant, esp as used on the capital of a Corinthian column 3
  • noun acanthus any of a genus (Acanthus) of thistlelike plants of the acanthus family with lobed, often spiny leaves and long spikes of white or colored flowers, found in the Mediterranean region 3
  • noun acanthus a motif or conventional representation of the leaf of this plant, used esp. on the capitals of Corinthian columns 3
  • adjective acanthus designating a family (Acanthaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous plants, including bear's-breech 3
  • noun plural acanthus any of several plants of the genus Acanthus, of the Mediterranean region, having spiny or toothed leaves and showy, white or purplish flowers. Compare acanthus family. 1

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Origin of acanthus

First appearance:

before 1610
One of the 40% oldest English words
1610-20; < New Latin, Latin < Greek ákanthos bear's-foot

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acanthus popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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