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carnation

[kahr-ney-shuh n] /kɑrˈneɪ ʃən/
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
1525-1535
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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Examples for carnation
  • Keep carnation stems in water while you work, removing several at a time to add to the wreath.
  • She had a big funeral and she was laid out in her wedding dress in a white casket surrounded by every carnation in four counties.
  • carnation, the pink is called, after the flower with no pretensions.
  • carnation is expected to consume the old bakery, to convert into much-needed indoor seating.
  • She used a heavy carnation-scented perfume that turned my stomach.
British Dictionary definitions for carnation

carnation

/kɑːˈneɪʃən/
noun
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.
  1. a pink or reddish-pink colour
  2. (as adjective) a carnation dress
4.
(often pl) a flesh tint in painting
Word Origin
C16: from French: flesh colour, from Late Latin carnātiō fleshiness, from Latin carō flesh
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Word Origin and History for carnation
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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