car-nation

carnation

[kahr-ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
any of numerous cultivated varieties of the clove pink, Dianthus caryophyllus, having long-stalked, fragrant, usually double flowers in a variety of colors: the state flower of Ohio.
2.
pink; light red.
3.
Obsolete. the color of flesh.
adjective
4.
having the color carnation.

Origin:
1525–35; < Late Latin carnātiōn- (stem of carnātiō) fleshlikeness, hence flesh-color, equivalent to Latin carn- (stem of carō) flesh + -ātiōn- -ation

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carnation (kɑːˈneɪʃən)
 
n
1.  Also called: clove pink a Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Dianthus caryophyllus, cultivated in many varieties for its white, pink, or red flowers, which have a fragrant scent of cloves
2.  the flower of this plant
3.  a.  a pink or reddish-pink colour
 b.  (as adjective): a carnation dress
4.  (often plural) a flesh tint in painting
 
[C16: from French: flesh colour, from Late Latin carnātiō fleshiness, from Latin carō flesh]

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carnation
1538, either a corruption of coronation (q.v.) from the flower's being used in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals; or for its pinkness from M.Fr. carnation "person's color or complexion," probably from It. carnagione "flesh color," from L.L. carnationem
(nom. carnatio) "fleshiness," from L. caro "flesh."
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