meaning of acanthus

acanthus meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1660s, from Latin acanthus, from Greek akanthos, from ake "point, thorn" (see acrid) + anthos "flower" (see anther). So called because of its huge spiny leaves. A conventionalized kind of the leaf is used in Corinthian capitals.


acanthus meaning in General Dictionary

any plant of the genus Acanthus having huge spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean area but widely cultivated

View more

  • A genus of herbaceous prickly flowers, based in the southu000du000a of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's breech.
  • An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of Corinthian and Composite requests.

acanthus - German to English

soft-leaved bear's-breech [Acanthus mollis, syn.: A. spinulosus]


acanthus meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's-breech.

View more

  • (letter.) An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves associated with the acanthus (spinosus); -- found in the capitals for the Corinthian and Composite sales.

Sentence Examples with the word acanthus

The greater part of its body is covered by a pattern of acanthus leaves, but on the shoulder is a frieze showing nomads breaking in wild mares, our chief authority for Scythian costume.

View more Sentence Examples