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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.
A range of colour-themed borders will be on show, alongside roses, sweet peas, dianthus, phlox and lilies.
SWEET WILLIAM 'DIANTHUS BARBATUS' cottage garden plant - full of colour, charm and scent.
Both seedlings and root suckers are beginning to elbow out dianthus and other more sedate neighbors.
Dianthus barbatus, or Sweet William Like all members of the Dianthus family, it's all about the delicious sweet clove scent.
DIANTHUS barbatus, or Sweet William - like all members of the Dianthus family - it's all about that delicious sweet clove scent.
Dianthus barbatus, or Sweet William, like all members of the Dianthus family - it's all about that delicious sweet clove scent.
Dominic AALPINE varieties of dianthus (inset right) are a great option for a rockery and also bring a lovely fragrance as well as vibrant pink flowers.