follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

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-
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for 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.

Learn more about anthemion with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for anthemion

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for anthemion

14
0
Scrabble Words With Friends