from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various annuals of the genus Amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including several weeds, ornamentals, and food plants. Also called pigweed.
  • n. An imaginary flower that never fades.
  • n. A deep reddish purple to dark or grayish, purplish red.
  • n. A dark red to purple azo dye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various herbs, of the genus Amaranthus.
  • n. Their flowers' characteristic purplish red color; a red to purple azo dye used as a food colouring and in cosmetics.
  • n. The seed of these plants, used as a cereal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade.
  • n. A genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers.
  • n. A color inclining to purple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade: used chiefly in poetry.
  • n. A plant of the genus Amarantus (which see). The globe-amaranth, Gomphrena globosa, of the same natural order.
  • n. A name given to mixtures of coloring matters of which the chief constituent is magenta (which see).
  • n. Same as purple heart.
  • n. An acid dyestuff, of the monoazo type, which dyes wool and silk a pure bluish red that is moderately fast to light and milling. It is known by various other names, as azo acid-rubine, Bordeaux S, and fast red.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
  • n. any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food


New Latin Amaranthus, genus name, alteration of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos, unfading : a-, not; see a-1 + marainein, to wither; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amarantus (influenced by plant names derived from Greek ἄνθος (anthos)), from Ancient Greek ἀμάραντος (amarantos, "unfading") (Wiktionary)


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