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Acanthus

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1. acanthus

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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Acanthus

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noun plural -thuses or -thi (-θaɪ)
1. 
any shrub or herbaceous plant of the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated as ornamental plants, having large spiny leaves and spikes of white or purplish flowers: family Acanthaceae
See also bear's-breech
2. 
a carved ornament based on the leaves of the acanthus plant, esp as used on the capital of a Corinthian column

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Acanthus

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nounWord forms: plural aˈcanthuses or aˈcanˌthi (əˈkænˌθaɪ ; əkanˈt hīˌ; əˈkænˌθi ; əkanˈt hēˌ)
1. 
any of a genus (Acanthus) of thistlelike plants of the acanthus family with lobed, often spiny leaves and long spikes of white or colored flowers, found in the Mediterranean region
2.  Architecture
a motif or conventional representation of the leaf of this plant, used esp. on the capitals of Corinthian columns
adjective
3. 
designating a family (Acanthaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous plants, including bear's-breech

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Acanthus

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n. pl. a·can·thus·es or a·can·thi (-thī)
1. Any of various perennial herbs or small shrubs of the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean and having pinnately lobed basal leaves with spiny margins and showy spikes of white or purplish flowers.
2. Architecture A design patterned after the leaves of one of these plants, used especially on the capitals of Corinthian columns.

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