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[an-thee-mee-uh n] /ænˈθi mi ən/
noun, plural anthemia
[an-thee-mee-uh] /ænˈθi mi ə/ (Show IPA)
an ornament of floral forms in a flat radiating cluster, as in architectural decoration, vase painting, etc.
Also called honeysuckle ornament.
Origin of anthemion
1860-65; < Greek anthémion, equivalent to ánthem(on) flower + -ion diminutive suffix; see antho- Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for anthemion
  • The whole design is crowned with an anthemion, formed in this instance by tobacco leaves.
  • The entrance lobby retains its original pink marble facing with a bronze egg and dart anthemion cornice.
  • anthemion cresting tops the main roofline and pediment of the north entrance.
  • Cast metal anthemion ornaments edge the top of the marquee facing while neon lighting encircles it.
  • The cornice itself is enriched with a water leaf molding and crowned by an anthemion flanked by scrolls.
  • Fluted cast-iron pilasters, main facade first level, with anthemion ornamenting cap.
British Dictionary definitions for anthemion


noun (pl) -mia (-mɪə)
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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