American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Geranium, having palmately divided leaves and pink or purplish flowers. Also called cranesbill.
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Pelargonium, native chiefly to southern Africa and widely cultivated for their rounded, often variegated leaves and showy clusters of red, pink, or white flowers. Also called storksbill.
- n. A strong to vivid red.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Geranium.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of herbaceous plants (rarely undershrubs), the type of order Geraniaceæ, distinguished by opposite lobed leaves, regular flowers, and five one-seeded carpels which separate elastically from the axis at maturity, the styles forming long tails which become revolute or spirally twisted. There are about 100 species, inhabiting temperate regions, of which 15 or more are North American. They have blue or rose-colored flowers, and a few of the species are rarely cultivated in gardens. Most of the species are astringent, and the roots of several have been used in medicine, as of the G. maculatum, a common plant in the United States. From the long beak of the fruit, the common species have received the name of crane′ s-bill. The herb-robert, G. Robertianum, with dissected leaves, is native of both Europe and the United States.
- n. A plant of the genus Pelargonium, of South Africa, of which many varieties are common in house-culture and gardens under the names of scarlet geranium, rose geranium, etc.
- n. One of ⋅everal plants of other genera.
- n. An impure magenta which contains phosphene.
- n. Any flowering plant of the genus Geranium, the cranesbills, of family Geraniaceae.
- n. The common name for flowering plants of the genus Pelargonium.
- n. A bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
- adj. Of a bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants having a beaklike torus or receptacle, around which the seed capsules are arranged, and membranous projections, or stipules, at the joints. Most of the species have showy flowers and a pungent odor. Called sometimes
- n. (Floriculture) A cultivated pelargonium.
- n. any of numerous plants of the family Geraniaceae
- From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, "crane"), plus the Latin suffix -ium. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Geranium, genus name, from Latin geranium, crane's-bill, from Greek geranion, diminutive of geranos, crane. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They're not out yet, but the pretty dark geranium is covered with flowers and the pansies are in bloom.”
“The coloured border pattern of geranium or ivy leaf is not one whit better drawn, or more like geraniums and ivy, than the figures are like figures; but you call the geranium leaf idealized -- why don't you call the figures so?”
“The geranium is a good one, wish we knew the name.”
“How do you know but that it hurts a geranium's feelings just to be called a geranium and nothing else?”
“The geranium is a good plant to use in illustrating this point, because it is so constructed that it cannot fertilize its own flowers.”
“Since the geranium is a house-plant, raised under unnatural conditions, not all the fertilized flowers will succeed.”
“Rwanda's export opportunities to the US include textile and clothing, and horticulture products which include pyrethrum extracts, organic food products as well as essential oils such as geranium which is used in pharmaceutical industries and perfumes.”
“Begin with some of the common herbaceous bedding-plants, such as geranium, coleus, or fuschia.”
“Our home bedding plants, such as geranium, verbena, nemesia, were all in full bloom and the soil and climate seemed to suit them.”
“Could any mind sensitive to sound use "geranium" or "begonia," and why must the wallflowers lack a word to bring their reds, the richness of their browns, before the mind?”
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