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)