amaranth
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæməɹænθ/, /-ɹænt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈæməˌɹænθ/
Noun

amaranth

  1. (dated, poetic) An imaginary flower#Noun|flower that does not wither.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book III ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 351–357:
      With ſolemn adoration down they [the angels] caſt / Thir Crowns inwove with Amarant and Gold; / Immortal Amarant, a Flour which once / In Paradiſe, faſt by the Tree of Life / Began to bloom, but ſoon for mans offence / To Heav'n remov'd where firſt it grew, there grows, / And flours aloft ſhading the Fount of Life, [...]
  2. Any of various herbs of the genus Amaranthus.
    Synonyms: amaranthus, pigweed
    • 1733, Philip Miller, “AMARANTHUS, or AMARANTUS ↗”, in The Gardeners Dictionary: Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit and Flower Garden, […], 2nd edition, London: Printed for the author; and sold by C[harles] Rivington, […], OCLC 429215710 ↗, column 1:
      In the Beginning of September, the Amaranths will have perfected their Seeds, ſo that you muſt make Choice of the largeſt, moſt beautiful, and beſt branching Plants of each Kind for Seed; [...]
    • 1934, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night: A Romance, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 284462 ↗; republished as chapter VI, in Malcolm Cowley, editor, Tender is the Night: A Romance [...] With the Author’s Final Revisions, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951, OCLC 849279868 ↗, book II (Rosemary’s Angle: 1919–1925), page 79 ↗:
      [A]s she stood by the grilled entrance waiting for an answer to the message on her card, she might have been looking into Hollywood. The bizarre débris of some recent picture, a decayed street scene in India, a great cardboard whale, a monstrous tree bearing cherries large as basketballs, bloomed there by exotic dispensation, autochthonous as the pale amaranth, mimosa, cork oak, or dwarfed pine.
  3. The characteristic#Adjective|characteristic purplish-red colour of the flower#Noun|flowers or leaf#Noun|leaves of these plants.
     
  4. (chemistry) A red to purple azo dye used as a biological stain#Noun|stain, and in some countries in cosmetic#Noun|cosmetics and as a food colouring.
    Synonyms: E123
  5. (cooking) The seed#Noun|seed of these plants, used as a cereal.
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  • Russian: амара́нтовый цвет
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