One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any plant of the genus Amaranthus, typically having small green, red, or purple tinted flowers. Certain varieties are grown for food.
Family Amaranthaceae: several genera, especially Amaranthus
- ‘The organization of leaf traces in amaranths is very peculiar.’
- ‘Like other members of the amaranth family it is nutritious and highly decorative with reddish-purple markings on the stems.’
- ‘The grain amaranth has nine times more calcium than wheat, and 40 times more calcium than rice.’
- ‘The genus Celosia, of the amaranth family, offers blooms that satisfy the florist or gardener who's looking for a more unusual plant.’
- ‘Add the amaranth and remaining corn syrup and mix to combine.’
- ‘This and a nearby plant were the first seabeach amaranth seen in more than 30 years.’
- ‘Garnish with sea urchin, caviar, amaranth and yuzu zest.’
- ‘For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.’
- ‘Several important crops are members of these families, with amaranth probably one of the most promising unexploited food and fodder crops.’
2A purple color.
- ‘Then the dyed cloth becomes black and shines with amaranth.’
- ‘The grey and the amaranth show on the surface through the beige.’
- ‘It is intense ruby in colour, tending towards a lively amaranth.’
3An imaginary flower that never fades.
- ‘A rose and an amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden.’
- ‘It is to last and never fade like the amaranth flowers.’
Mid 16th century: from French amarante or modern Latin amaranthus, alteration (on the pattern of plant names ending in -anthus, from Greek anthos ‘flower’) of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos ‘not fading’.
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