Definition of anthemion in US English:



  • An ornamental design of alternating motifs resembling clusters of narrow leaves or honeysuckle petals.

    • ‘Or will the anthemion motif that is liberally stencilled in one shallow recess be applied to the rest of the walls?’
    • ‘There's ornament in columns and cornices, rustication and pilasters, urns, anthemia, and pediments, with temples and colonnades high in the sky, topped by spires and finials.’
    • ‘Other panels are decorated with arabesques consisting of delicate scrolls incorporating stylized sunflowers and anthemia rendered in very thin lines of ivory-colored paint.’
    • ‘The motif is based on the anthemion flower derived from antique models.’
    • ‘Ornamental motifs such as palmettes, columns, anthemia, and lotuses, all pared down to their essential lines, were frequently used.’


Mid 19th century: from Greek, literally ‘flower’.