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See pink1.

[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
References in classic literature ?
Even within the limits of the same genus, for instance in Dianthus, these two opposite cases occur.
In the same family there may be a genus, as Dianthus, in which very many species can most readily be crossed; and another genus, as Silene, in which the most persevering efforts have failed to produce between extremely close species a single hybrid.
As aubrieta tends to look straggly over the summer months, pair it with plants which flower afterwards, such as Dianthus alpinus, Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina', or 'Lawrence Flatman'.
Take cuttings of rock plants, such as aubrieta, alyssum, phlox, thyme and dianthus.
Pinks, or Dianthus, thrive in most borders or containers and will give blooms from June to autumn.
Outside, dianthus tend to spread outwards via runners and die back in winter.
Dave Morley, by email CAROL Carnations and dianthus (pinks) thrive in such situations.
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The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory hydrangea, miniature calla lilies, green trick dianthus, blush pink spray roses, thistle, and variegated aspidistra foliage, all bound with a pearl-studded satin ivory wrap.
Take cuttings from dianthus, achilleas, dwarf phlox and saxifrages for the rock garden.