Definition of amaranth in US English:



  • 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

    • ‘Like other members of the amaranth family it is nutritious and highly decorative with reddish-purple markings on the stems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grain amaranth has nine times more calcium than wheat, and 40 times more calcium than rice.’
    • ‘Garnish with sea urchin, caviar, amaranth and yuzu zest.’
    • ‘The genus Celosia, of the amaranth family, offers blooms that satisfy the florist or gardener who's looking for a more unusual plant.’
    • ‘This and a nearby plant were the first seabeach amaranth seen in more than 30 years.’
    • ‘The organization of leaf traces in amaranths is very peculiar.’
    • ‘Add the amaranth and remaining corn syrup and mix to combine.’
  • 2A purple color.

    • ‘The grey and the amaranth show on the surface through the beige.’
    • ‘It is intense ruby in colour, tending towards a lively amaranth.’
    • ‘Then the dyed cloth becomes black and shines with amaranth.’
  • 3An imaginary flower that never fades.

    • ‘It is to last and never fade like the amaranth flowers.’
    • ‘A rose and an amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden.’


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’.