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Definition of the noun acanthus

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noun - plural: acanthuses / acanthi (less preferred form) / acanthus (less preferred form)

  1. any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

Places

  1. Acanthus was an ancient city of Egypt, on the western bank of the Nile, 120 stadia south of Memphis. Its site is located at the modern village of Dashour. The town was in the Memphite Nome, and, therefore, in the Heptanomis. It was celebrated for a temple of Osiris, and received its name from a sacred enclosure composed of the acanthus plants.
    • also known as Acanthus, Egypt
    • part of Egypt
  2. Acanthus is a Building in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Artwork

"Acanthus" is an artwork by William Morris.

Miscellanea

The acanthus is one of the most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration.

Phrases with Acanthus

Phrases starting with the word Acanthus:

  1. Acanthus Niger
  2. Acanthus Edulis
  3. acanthus family
  4. Acanthus Glaber
  5. acanthus mollis
  6. Acanthus Repens
  7. Acanthus Delilei
  8. Acanthus Glaucus
  9. Acanthus Humilis

Phrases ending with the word Acanthus:

  1. Axius Acanthus
  2. Dayus Acanthus
  3. genus acanthus
  4. Spine Acanthus
  5. Athous Acanthus
  6. Elater Acanthus
  7. Hadena Acanthus
  8. Syrian Acanthus
  9. Eupodes Acanthus
  10. Neaxius Acanthus
  11. Papilio Acanthus

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acanthus

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Google previewSymbols in Arts, Religion and Culture (2016)

The Soul of Nature by Farrin Chwalkowski

Acanthus: the Enduring Life The acanthus is a plant family numbering about 30 species found in tropical and warm temperate regions,

Acanthus is a very common plant motif in decoration and ornament foliage, particularly in architecture.

Google previewBritish Encyclopedia (1819)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

The holly-leaved acanthus is an evergreen shrub, about four feet high, and separating into many branches, with leaves resembling those of the common holly, and bearing white flowers,

The Madras acanthus is a native of the East Indies.

Google previewAmerican Edition of the British Encyclopedia (1819)

Or, Dictionary of Arts and Sciences ; Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge by William Nicholson

The holly-leaved acanthus is an evergreen shrub, about four feet high, and separating into many branches, with leaves resembling those of the common holly, and bearing white flowers,

The Madras acanthus is a native of the East Indies.

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

The holly-leaved acanthus is an evergreen shrub, about four feet high, and separating into many branches, with leaves resembling those of the common holly, and bearing white flowers,

The Madras acanthus is a native of the East Indies.

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

The holly-leaved acanthus is an evergreen shrub, about four feet high, and separating into many branches, with leaves resembling those of the common holly, and bearing white flowers,

The Madras acanthus is a native of the East Indies.

Google previewHugh Johnson in the Garden (2009)

The Best Garden Diary of Our Time by Hugh Johnson

But acanthus is an empirebuilder. It advances steadily with its formidable dark mound of magnificently sculpted leaves to fill your ground with powerful deep roots. Alstroemeria is a sinister underground invader. Clumplets spring up from ...

Google previewSaxon art and industry in the pagan period (1915)

by Gerard Baldwin Brown

while the acanthus is the most common of all ...

Google previewPapers Printed to Commemorate the Incorporation of the University College of Sheffield (1897)

by University of Sheffield

Poligyro is also reached by a "good " road, branching from the Salonica main road, and the road thence to Acanthus is an easy one. It would however be absurd to suppose that the large army of Xerxes followed only one route. For tlie march of ...

Google previewIllustrated Guide to Jewelry Appraising (2012)

Antique, Period, and Modern by Anna M. Miller

Acanthus: The acanthus is a plant common in southern Europe. Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures all used this classical motif. It appears in Gothic, neoclassical, and Rococo decorations. • Arabesque: Ornamentation named for motif ...

Google previewThe Crown of the Year (2005)

Gardening with God in Eastertide and Summer by Jane Mossendew

Acanthus is the Latin form of the Greek akanthns, from akanthea, meaning thorn or prickle. It was introduced to Britain by the Romans and used for ornamental display, and is believed to have been re-introduced in 1548. SS Dunstan ...

Google previewThe Letters of Pliny the Younger (1751)

With Observations on Each Letter ; and an Essay on Pliny's Life, Addressed to Charles Lord Boyle by Pliny (the Younger.), John Boyle Earl of Orrery

Round the Acanthus is a walk bounded by a close hedge of evergreens, cut into variety of shapes : on the other side is a ring % for taking the air on horseback, in the sliape ...

Google previewThe Journal of Agriculture (1835)

Acanthus is the type of the order, and the term is derived • from a Greek word (akantha), which signifies a plant or shrub abounding with thorns.

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening (1807)

Comprehending All the Modern Improvements in the Art; Whether in the Raising of the Various Esculent Vegetables, Or in the Forcing and Managing of Different Sorts of Fruits and Plants, and that of Laying Out, Ornamenting, and Planting, Gardens and Pleasure Grounds: with Correct Engravings ... from Original Drawings by Sydenham Edwards by R. W. Dickson

The Holly-leaved Acanthus is an evergreen shrub, which rises about four feet in height, dividing into many branches; the leaves being similar to those of the common holly both in size and ...

Google previewUniversal Technological Dictionary (1823)

Or, Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences by George Crabb

This, as well as the former, is called Acanthus, because it is thorny, which was also a general name for many-thorny plants. It is called Branca ursina by Bauhine , Brank ursine by Dale, and Bears-breech, vulgarly. Herod. l. 2, c. 96; Theophrast.

Google previewThe Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols (2000)

by Udo Becker

ACANTHUS: Above, flower and leaf; below, acanthus on a capital. of the world, which are shrouded in darkness, as well as the end of the world, the indeterminacy of earliest childhood and the dissolution of the individual in death. Yet it also ...

Google previewDictionary of Images and Symbols in Counselling (1998)

by William Stewart

The capital of the Corinthian column in Figure 1 is made of layers of carved acanthus leaves ending in spiral scrolls or 'volutes'. Legend has it that the Greek sculptor, Callimachus (fifth century BC) invented the Corinthian capital after ...

Google previewThe Universal Gardener and Botanist; Or, A General Dictionary of Gardening and Botany, Etc (1778)

by Thomas MAWE (and ABERCROMBIE (John) Horticulturist.), John ABERCROMBIE (Horticulturist.)

The Acanthus belongs to the class and order Didynamia Angiospermia, and its characters are, - - a kind of triple cup. , The CoRoL LA, monopetalous and ringerit , opening above with a mouth, hath a broad under lip, but the upper one is ...

Google previewThe Gardeners Dictionary (1759)

Containing the Best and Newest Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit, Flower Garden, and Nursery .... A - L by Philip Miller

ACANTHUS ['AxaySGP, so called, as some say, from &x2,92, a Thorn, or, as others, from the Youth ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants (2016)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set) by Umberto Quattrocchi

eczema, in Burundi: igitovu, itovu in Congo: lurhabu in Rwanda: igitovu, lurhadu Acanthus ebracteatus Vahl SE Asia, Thailand. Erect, shrubby herb, many stemmed, spreading or scrambling, spiny, usually green stems, stiff deeply lobed leaves ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1914)

Acanthus spinosus, of southern Europe, is the species whose leaf is said to have suggested the ornamentation of the Corinthian column. In cultivation the acanthus is only semi-hardy and needs protection in England and in the United States ...

Google previewThe Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia (101-)

by Project Gutenberg

ACANTHUS (the Greek and Latin name for the plant, connected with ake, a sharp point), a genus of plants belonging to the natural order Acanthaceae. The species are natives of the southern parts of Europe and the warmer parts of Asia and ...

Google previewA general and bibliographical Dictionary of the Fine Arts. Containing ... explanations of the principal terms used in Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, and Engraving ... historical Sketches of the ... different Schools, etc (1826)

by James ELMES

AcANTHUs. [äcav6oc, Gr. acanthus, Lat. acanthe, Fr.] In architecture. An ornament representing the leaves of the herb bear's breech, which are large and shaggy. It was at first used by the ancients as an ornament to friezes and cornices , and ...

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