acanthus meaning

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Noun: acanthus (acanthi)  u'kanthus
  1. Any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

Derived forms: acanthi

Type of: herb, herbaceous plant

Part of: genus Acanthus

Encyclopedia: Acanthus Acanthus, Ontario


A common plant of the Mediterranean, whose leaves, stylized, form the characteristic decoration of capitals of Corinthian and Composite orders. In scroll form it appears on friezes, panels, etc.


A plant family of the order Scrophulariales,subclass Asteridae,class Magnoliopsida. It is characterized by simple leaves in opposite pairs,cystoliths (enlarged cells containing crystals of calcium carbonate),and bilaterally symmetrical and bisexual flowers that are usually crowded together. The common name for Ruellia of wild petunia is easily confused with PETUNIA.


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