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acanthus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Acanthus  \A*can"thus\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Acanthuses},  L.  {Acanthi}. 
  [L.,  from  Gr  ?.  Cf  {Acantha}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  genus  of  herbaceous  prickly  plants,  found  in  the 
  south  of  Europe,  Asia  Minor,  and  India;  bear's-breech. 
 
  2.  (Arch.)  An  ornament  resembling  the  foliage  or  leaves  of 
  the  acanthus  ({Acanthus  spinosus});  --  used  in  the 
  capitals  of  the  Corinthian  and  Composite  orders 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  acanthus 
  n  :  any  plant  of  the  genus  Acanthus  having  large  spiny  leaves 
  and  spikes  or  white  or  purplish  flowers;  native  to 
  Mediterranean  region  but  widely  cultivated 




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