American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Anemone, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having palmately lobed leaves and large flowers with showy sepals. Also called windflower.
- n. A sea anemone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Anemonc. Also spelled anemony.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A widely distributed genus of herbaceous perennials, the wind-flowers, natural order Ranunculaceæ. The flowers are showy, readily varying in color and becoming double in cultivation. Several species are frequent in gardens, as the poppy-anemone (A. Coronaria), the star-anemone (A. hortensis), the pasque-flower (A. Pulsatilla), and other still more ornamental species from Japan and India. The wood-anemone, A. nemorosa, is a well-known vernal flower of the woods. There are about 70 species, mostly belonging to the cool climates of the northern hemisphere. Of the 16 North American species, about half a dozen are also found in the Andes or in the old world.
- n. In zoology, a sea-anemone (which see).
- n. Any plant of the genus Anemone, of the Ranunculaceae (or buttercup) family, such as the windflower.
- n. A sea anemone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants of the
Ranunculusor Crowfoot family; windflower. Some of the species are cultivated in gardens.
- n. (Zoöl.) The sea anemone. See Actinia, and Sea anemone.
- n. marine polyps that resemble flowers but have oral rings of tentacles; differ from corals in forming no hard skeleton
- n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
- Latin anemōnē, from Ancient Greek ἀνεμώνη (anemōnē), from ἄνεμος (ánemos, "wind") + feminine patronymic suffix -ώνη (ōnē, "daughter of the wind"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin anemōnē, from Greek, probably from anemos, wind (perhaps because the petals are lost easily in wind). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word anemone comes from a Greek word which means breath, wind, or spirit.”
“Fortunately, the anemone is much easier to grow and vastly more reliable than this capricious woodland tree.”
“The frost-breaking anemone is the only bit of colour on the ground.”
“The dour fugitives on the other side of the stream have a legend that those who safely cross the "Field of Blood" -- so they call the anemone-sprinkled land beyond -- without so much as crushing a flower may claim sanctuary under the British flag.”
“It is interesting to know that it was called anemone by the ancient Romans.”
“The Arabs still call the anemone "wounds of the Naaman.”
“The Arabs still call the anemone wounds of the Naaman.”
“And in the legend of Venus and Adonis the anemone is the flower that sprang from the tears of the queen as she mourned the death of her loved one.”
“Arabs still call the anemone "wounds of the Naaman.”
“Slain by a wound in the thigh inflicted by a wild boar in the chase, the flower called anemone sprang from his blood.”
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