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anthemion

[an-thee-mee-uh n] /ænˈθi mi ən/
noun, plural anthemia
[an-thee-mee-uh] /ænˈθi mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
Also called honeysuckle ornament.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek anthémion, equivalent to ánthem(on) flower + -ion diminutive suffix; see antho-
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anthemion

/ænˈθiːmɪən/
noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
1.
a floral design, used esp in ancient Greek and Roman architecture and decoration, usually consisting of honeysuckle, lotus, or palmette leaf motifs
Word Origin
from Greek: a little flower, from anthos flower
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anthemion

design consisting of a number of radiating petals, developed by the ancient Greeks from the Egyptian and Asiatic form known as the honeysuckle or lotus palmette. The anthemion was used widely by the Greeks and Romans to embellish various parts of ancient buildings. The Greeks originally decorated only pottery with the motif, but they soon adapted it to ornament architecture. The single-palmette form appears on acroteria (decorative pedestals), antefixes (roof or cornice elements), and the top of vertical stelae. The continuous pattern of alternating lotus and palmette springing from connecting spirals decorates especially the cyma recta molding of the cornice.

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