any of various plants belonging to the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, having petallike sepals and including several wild species with white flowers as well as others cultivated for their showy flowers in a variety of colors.

1545–55; < Latin < Greek: literally, daughter of the wind, equivalent to ánem(os) wind + -ōnē feminine patronymic suffix; see -one Unabridged
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anemone (əˈnɛmənɪ)
See also pasqueflower Compare sea anemone any ranunculaceous woodland plant of the genus Anemone of N temperate regions, such as the white-flowered A. nemorosa (wood anemone or windflower). Some cultivated anemones have lilac, pale blue, pink, purple, or red flowers
[C16: via Latin from Greek: windflower, from anemos wind]

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Word Origin & History

flowering plant genus, 1540s, from L. anemone, from Gk. anemone "wind flower," lit. "daughter of the wind," from anemos "wind" (cognate with L. anima, see animal) + -one feminine patronymic suffix, the flower name perhaps originally from Hebrew (cf. na'aman, in nit'e na'amanim,
lit. "plants of pleasantness," in Is. xvii.10, from na'em "was pleasant"). Sea anemone is from 1773.
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anemone   (ə-něm'ə-nē)  Pronunciation Key 
See sea anemone.
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Example sentences
Once he outgrows his protective snail shell he finds a bigger one and transfer his anemone garden to the new shell.
Never troubled by rough sea or shark shadow or ticklish anemone.
The anemone benefits from having the fish around, too.
The useful fish nibbles away parasites that bug the anemone.
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