geranium

geranium

[ji-rey-nee-uhm]
noun
1.
any of numerous plants of the genus Geranium, which comprises the crane's-bills.
2.
the wild geranium, G. maculatum, of eastern North America, having loose clusters of lavender flowers.
3.
Also called stork's-bill. any of various plants of the allied genus Pelargonium, native to southern Africa, having showy flowers or fragrant leaves, widely cultivated in gardens and as houseplants.
4.
a flower of this plant.
5.
a vivid red color.

Origin:
1540–50; < Neo-Latin, for Latin geranion < Greek geránion name for various plants the fruit of which was thought to resemble a crane's bill, derivative of géranos crane; akin to Latin grūs

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geranium (dʒɪˈreɪnɪəm)
 
n
1.  pelargonium rose geranium See also lemon geranium any cultivated geraniaceous plant of the genus Pelargonium, having scarlet, pink, or white showy flowers
2.  any geraniaceous plant of the genus Geranium, such as cranesbill and herb Robert, having divided leaves and pink or purplish flowers
3.  a strong red to a moderate or strong pink colour
 
[C16: from Latin: cranesbill, from Greek geranion, from geranoscrane]

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geranium
1548, from L. geranium, from Gk. geranion, dim. of geranos "crane" (cognate with L. grus, Eng. crane), from supposed resemblance of seed pods to cranes' bills; the native name was also cranebill.
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