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anemone

[uh-nem-uh-nee] /əˈnɛm əˌni/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin < Greek: literally, daughter of the wind, equivalent to ánem(os) wind + -ōnē feminine patronymic suffix; see -one
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  • 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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anemone

/əˈnɛmənɪ/
noun
1.
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 See also pasqueflower Compare sea anemone
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek: windflower, from anemos wind
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Word Origin and History for anemone
n.

flowering plant genus, 1550s, from Middle French anemone (16c.) and directly from Latin anemone, from Greek anemone "wind flower," literally "daughter of the wind," from anemos "wind" (cognate with Latin anima; see animus) + -one feminine patronymic suffix. According to Asa Gray, so called because it was thought to open only when the wind blows. Klein suggests the flower name perhaps originally is from Hebrew (cf. na'aman, in nit'e na'amanim, literally "plants of pleasantness," in Is. xvii:10, from na'em "was pleasant"). Applied to a type of sea creature (sea anemone) from 1773.

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anemone in Science
anemone
  (ə-něm'ə-nē)   
See sea anemone.
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