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[ji-rey-nee-uh m] /dʒɪˈreɪ ni əm/
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
1540-1550
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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British Dictionary definitions for geranium

geranium

/dʒɪˈreɪnɪəm/
noun
1.
any cultivated geraniaceous plant of the genus Pelargonium, having scarlet, pink, or white showy flowers See also pelargonium, rose geranium, lemon geranium
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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: cranesbill, from Greek geranion, from geranoscrane
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Word Origin and History for geranium
n.

1540s, from Latin geranium, from Greek geranion, the plant name, diminutive of geranos "crane" (cognate with Latin grus, English crane (n.)), from supposed resemblance of seed pods to cranes' bills; the native name was also cranebill. As a color name from 1842.

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