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[uh-nem-uh-nee] /əˈnɛm əˌni/
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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Examples from the web for anemones
  • The cave was named after the sea anemones, or animal flowers, that once flourished here.
  • They consist of a single continuous line that swells and shrinks to create silhouettes of familiar things: cats, leaves, anemones.
  • The result the hermit crab uses biological warfare to defend himself with the stinging power of the anemones.
  • He came home with half a mustache, clutching a bouquet of anemones.
  • It seemed as if the tree had collided with a swarm of sea anemones.
  • As an adult, she studied how sea anemones survive strong waves and how insects fly.
  • Even the shallowest reefs boast colorful fish, anemones, coral and sea turtles.
  • The sands extend far out to sea when the tide is out, exposing rock pools where you'll see crabs, sea anemones and limpets.
  • The waters off the beach are home to hundreds of creatures including crabs, jellyfish, sponges and anemones.
  • Come at low tide to enjoy tide pools populated with star fish, sea anemones and other ocean creatures.
British Dictionary definitions for anemones


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 anemones



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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anemones in Science
See sea anemone.
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