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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Specifically, a plant or vine which is grown only for the beauty of its flowers or foliage.
  • 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.
  • noun An accessory; an embellishment; an adornment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Serving to ornament; characterized by ornament; beautifying; embellishing.
  • noun An ornamental plant.

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

  • noun any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value
  • adjective serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

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