One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A double-flowered cultivated variety of clove pink, with grey-green leaves and showy pink, white, or red flowers.
Dianthus caryophyllus, family Caryophyllaceae: many cultivars
- ‘This arrangement takes red roses and carnations and surrounds them with blue larkspur and white mini carnations and snapdragons.’
- ‘Choose flowers with full heads like dahlias, carnations, chrysanthemums and daffodils.’
- ‘Mention the names carnation, pinks or sweet William and most gardeners will immediately recognize the family of plants.’
- ‘Her shroud was covered in red and white carnations, an icon placed on her breast, while candles burned at her head and feet.’
- ‘Stitched with colorful silk threads on a wool ground, primarily in cross-stitch, it features an acorn and carnation border, three wide floral bands, and averse.’
- ‘Participants learnt advanced techniques in producing and protecting roses, orchids, gerberas, anthuriums and carnations.’
- ‘It was summer when I was there, and beds of dahlias, marigolds, carnations, violets and pansies painted the entire garden in rich reds, purples, yellows and blues.’
- ‘She also enjoyed flowers adorning the Keegan home with a variety of flowers, with white carnations being her favourite.’
- ‘It had the most beautiful carnations, lilies, white and blood red roses I had ever seen.’
- ‘This unique hybrid features large balls of blooms that resemble carnations in a charming white cream color.’
- ‘Other skills, such as cultivating onions, giant leeks, melons, carnations, fuchsias and roses for competition, are honed on allotments.’
- ‘Willow trees swayed gently besides the house, offering shade; she could make out a showcase of white lilies and golden carnations behind the foggy windows of an adjacent greenhouse.’
- ‘In the galleries, export market cut flowers such as anthuriums, orchids, carnations, heliconiums and gerberas attracted a large number of people.’
- ‘Hundreds of wreaths, mainly made up of seasonal flowers such as carnations, chrysanthemums, lilies and gerbera were laid in his memory’
- ‘They wore fuchsia pink bodice top and skirt and carried matching bouquets of pink and white carnations.’
- ‘One also does not give white asters or carnations in Switzerland.’
- ‘It was a work of art, four feet in diameter comprised of orchids, lilies of the valley, hyacinths, arum lilies and white carnations.’
- ‘To the left and right were carnations, daffodils, orchids, and every species of flower Althia could recognize and some she couldn't.’
- ‘Double Delight has flowers as complex as carnations.’
- ‘It was a bouquet of flowers, white carnations, with just the very edges of the petals dyed a bright cerulean blue.’
Late 16th century: perhaps based on a misreading of Arabic qaranful ‘clove or clove pink’, from Greek karyophyllon. The early forms suggest confusion with carnation, with incarnation, and with coronation.
A rosy pink colour.as modifier ‘sage and carnation throw pillows’
- ‘The skirt was ‘a loose undergarment, full gathered, of carnation, striped with silver and parted with a golden zone’.’
Early 16th century: from French carnation ‘colour of one's flesh’, based on Latin carn- ‘flesh’.
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