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[New Latin Dianthus, genus name, probably alteration (influenced by di-) of Greek diosanthos, carnation : Dios, genitive of Zeus, Zeus; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots + anthos, flower.]


n, pl -thuses
(Plants) any Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Dianthus, such as the carnation, pink, and sweet william
[C19: New Latin, from Greek di-1 + anthos flower]


(daɪˈæn θəs)

n., pl. -thus•es.
any plant belonging to the genus Dianthus, of the pink family, as the carnation or sweet william.
[< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek Di(ós) of Zeus (genitive of Zeús) + ánthos flower]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dianthus - carnations and pinksDianthus - carnations and pinks      
caryophylloid dicot genus - genus of relatively early dicotyledonous plants including mostly flowers
carnation family, Caryophyllaceae, family Caryophyllaceae, pink family - large family of herbs or subshrubs (usually with stems swollen at the nodes)
garden pink, pink - any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers


n pl <dianthuses> (Bot) → Nelke f
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