Definition of anthemion in English:

anthemion

noun

  • A flowerlike ornament used in the decorative arts.

    • ‘Other panels are decorated with arabesques consisting of delicate scrolls incorporating stylized sunflowers and anthemia rendered in very thin lines of ivory-colored paint.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ornamental motifs such as palmettes, columns, anthemia, and lotuses, all pared down to their essential lines, were frequently used.’
    • ‘The motif is based on the anthemion flower derived from antique models.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek, literally flower.

Pronunciation:

anthemion

/anˈTHēmēən/