from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the plant acanthus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or resembling plants of the genus Acanthus. In architecture, ornamented with acanthus-leaves.
- n. In architecture, a fillet or other molding ornamented with the acanthus-leaf. Buchanan, Dict. Sci. See cut under Acanthus.
- In ichthyology, spine-like; bearing spines.
From Latin acanthinus, from acanthus + English -ine ("relating to"). (Wiktionary)
Man and morality, however, disappearing at intervals, the acanthine capitals have a kind of later Venetian beauty about them, as the Venetian birds also, the conventional peacocks, or birds wholly of fantasy, amid the long fantastic foliage.