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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or serving as an ornament or decoration.
  • n. Something that serves as ornamentation, especially a plant grown for its beauty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Serving to ornament; characterized by ornament; beautifying; embellishing.
  • n. An ornamental plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to ornament; characterized by ornament; beautifying; embellishing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of an ornament; serving as an ornament; of or pertaining to ornament or decoration; adding or lending beauty, grace, or attractiveness: as, ornamental appendages; neither useful nor ornamental.
  • n. An accessory; an embellishment; an adornment.
  • n. Specifically, a plant or vine which is grown only for the beauty of its flowers or foliage.

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

  • n. any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value
  • adj. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

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