chrysanthemum [kri-san-thuh-muh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
  2. any cultivated variety of the plant C. morifolium, native to China, and of other species of Chrysanthemum, notable for the diversity of color and size of their autumnal flowers.
  3. the flower of any such plant.

Origin of chrysanthemum 1570–80; Latin Greek chrȳsánthemon, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + ánthemon flower, akin to ánthos; see antho- Examples from the Web for chrysanthemum Contemporary Examples of chrysanthemum

  • Since it was early afternoon, Rinzler gave me a crash-course in “right drinking” over a pot of Chrysanthemum tea.

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    February 11, 2012

  • Her efforts were so successful that the newspapers referred to Twain’s locks as a “chrysanthemum of white hair.”

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  • Historical Examples of chrysanthemum

  • The Chrysanthemum is acknowledged to be the queen of autumn.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • A chrysanthemum on a longer stalk than the others bent its petals into the light.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

  • She had said: “Chrysanthemum, when you walk it is like the hopping of a frog.”

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  • Be on the lookout for black beetle on Aster and Chrysanthemum.

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  • The beauty of his soul is finer than any chrysanthemum, and it is flitting.

    The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2

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  • British Dictionary definitions for chrysanthemum chrysanthemum noun

    1. any widely cultivated plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, esp C. morifolium of China, having brightly coloured showy flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
    2. any other plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, such as oxeye daisy

    Word Origin for chrysanthemum C16: from Latin: marigold, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos gold + anthemon flower Word Origin and History for chrysanthemum n.

    1550s, from Latin chrysanthemum, from Greek khrysanthemon “marigold,” literally “golden flower,” from khrysos “gold” (see chrysalis) + anthemon “a flower,” from PIE *andh- “bloom” (see anther).

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