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Definition of the noun acantha

What does acantha mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acanthas

  1. any sharply pointed projection
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of acantha: spine / spur
    • more generic word: projection = any solid convex shape that juts out from something

Alternative definition of the noun acantha


  1. [botany]: A prickle.
  2. [zoology]: A spine or prickly fin.
  3. [anatomy]: The vertebral column; the spinous process of a vertebra - Dunglison


Acantha is often claimed to be a minor character in Greek mythology whose metamorphosis was the origin of the Acanthus plant. The tale goes that Acantha was a nymph loved by the god Apollo. Acantha however rebutted Apollo's advances and scratched his face when he tried to rape her. As a result Apollo transformed her into the Acanthus, a plant with spiny leaves.

Phrases with Acantha

  1. Axia Acantha
  2. Rosa Acantha
  3. Genus Acantha
  4. Halme Acantha
  5. Actaea acantha
  6. Cancer Acantha
  7. Mozena Acantha
  8. Munida Acantha
  9. Patara Acantha
  10. Entedon Acantha
  11. Euhesma acantha
  12. Papilio Acantha
  13. Bilotina Acantha
  14. Ceratina acantha
  15. Empoasca Acantha
  16. Anapatara Acantha
  17. Comptosia Acantha
  18. Dendrilla acantha
  19. Pediobius Acantha
  20. Protaetia Acantha

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acantha

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Google previewHistory of Merchant Shipping and Ancient Commerce (2013)

by W. S. Lindsay

The Acantha is a species of Mimosa, or Acacia, still common in Egypt, and the origin of our “gum Arabic,” perhaps the same as the Shittim wood of Exodus. The present boats are built of it. The Egyptians exported “fine linen” for sail~cloths to ...

Google previewJournal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener and Home Farmer (1899)

Acantha is a pleasing soft primrose, 10 inches in height. A grand scarlet is Plato, the flowers partially fimbriated. Others are Gladiateur, crimson scarlet; Rev. E. Lascelles, orange yellow, quite charming; Mrs. Hope, bright scarlet; Marbette, plum ...

Google previewThe American Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1900)

by Charles Morris

Crahzgus 0:1/acantha is the Hawthorn, or May. It is a European thorn. {HAWTHORN.] The Oriental species have heavy ...

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

acantha. n. 1. a spine projecting from a *vertebra. 2. the *backbone. Acanthamoeba n. a genus of amoebae commonly found in dust,

Google previewLexicon Scientiarum (1853)

A Dictionary of Terms Used in the Various Branches of Anatomy, Astronomy, Botany, Geology, Geometry, Hygiene, Mineralogy, Nat. Philosophy, Physiology, Zoology, Etc by Henry McMurtrie

" ACANTHA'CEAE, Bot. , Gr., ...

Google previewA Stem Dictionary of the English Language (1890)

For Use in Elementary Schools by John Kennedy

Acanth — spine, thorn ; acantha- ceous, acanthus f (a thorny shrub). G. acantha. Accip — seize ; occipitTes (an order of rapacious birds). L. ac- cipere. L. ad, to, unto ; capere, to take. Accoutr — dress, array ; accoutrement. ¥. accoutrer.

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

ACANTHA, among botanists, a name given to the prickles of thorny plants. ACANTHA is also used by zoologists for the spines of certain fishes, as those of the echinus marinus, &c. ' ACANTHACEOUS, among botanists, an epithet given to all ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Succulent Plant Names (2004)

by Urs Eggli, Leonard E. Newton

(Gymnocalycium, Opuntia poly- acantha var., Parodia) - (3) for the prickly appearance of the leaf rosettes. (Aloe melan- acantha var ...

Google previewThe London Medical Dictionary (1819)

Including, Under Distinct Heads, Every Branch of Medicine ... with Whatever Relates to Medicine in Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and Natural History by Bartholomew Parr

ACANTHA'BOLUS, (from azavča, a thorn, and Baxxar, to cast, or cast out ). It is an instrument, described by Paulus A.gineta, for taking out thorns when stuck into the flesh. It resembles the instrument styled Volsella, for extracting bones from ...

Google previewThe London Medical Dictionary, Including Under Distinct Heads Every Branch of Medecine (1809)

by Bartholomew Parr

ACANTHA'BOLUS, (from «x«v9a, a thorn, and flxKkx, to cast, 01 cat( o>itj. It is an instrument, described by Paulus .ASgineta, for taking out thorns when ♢tuck into the flesh. It resembles the instrument •tvled Vulsella, for extracting bones from ...

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Small photo of Eastern Ringed Xenica (Geitoneura acantha) on Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. More...

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Scrabble value of A1C3A1N1T1H4A1

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