from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous cultivated forms of a perennial plant (Dianthus caryophyllus) having showy, variously colored, usually double, often fragrant flowers with fringed petals.
- n. A flower of this plant. Also called clove pink.
- n. A pinkish tint once used in painting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its flowers.
- n. The type of flower they bear, originally flesh-coloured, but since hybridizing found in a variety of colours.
- n. A rosy pink colour
- n. The pinkish colors used in art to render human face and flesh
- n. Sometimes, a scarlet colour.
- adj. Of a rosy pink or red colour, like human flesh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The natural color of flesh; rosy pink.
- n. Those parts of a picture in which the human body or any part of it is represented in full color; the flesh tints.
- n. A species of Dianthus (Dianthus Caryophyllus) or pink, having very beautiful flowers of various colors, esp. white and usually a rich, spicy scent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Flesh-color; pink.
- n. In painting, the representation of flesh; the nude or undraped parts of a figure.
- n. In botany: The common name of the pink Dianthus Caryophyllus, a native of southern Europe, but cultivated from very ancient times for its fragrance and beauty.
- n. The Cæsalpinia pulcherrima, the Spanish carnation, a leguminous shrub with very showy flowers, often cultivated in tropical regions. Also formerly, by corruption, coronation.
- n. Incarnation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. pink or pinkish
- n. Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
- n. a pink or reddish-pink color
From obsolete French, flesh-colored, from Old French (from Old Italian carnagione, skin, complexion, from carne, flesh) or from Late Latin carnātiō, carnātiōn-, flesh, both from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1538, either (for its original color) from Medieval (=modern) French carnation ("person's color or complexion") (probably from Italian carnagione ("flesh color"), from Late Latin carnatio ("fleshiness"), from Latin caro ("flesh")) or a corruption of coronation (from coronare ("to crown"), from corona ("crown"); because of the flower's use in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals). (Wiktionary)