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[kri-san-thuh-muh m] /krɪˈsæn θə məm/
any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
any cultivated variety of the plant C. morifolium, native to China, and of other species of Chrysanthemum, notable for the diversity of color and size of their autumnal flowers.
the flower of any such plant.
1570-80; < Latin < Greek chrȳsánthemon, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + ánthemon flower, akin to ánthos; see antho- Unabridged
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  • They all chose either white or yellow chrysanthemums, and they all had to queue up in the crowded hallway outside the consulate.
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  • Bamboo containers are featured on some of the dining tables, and chrysanthemums are included in the floral arrangements.
  • In summer, phlox and sunflowers bloom, and in fall chrysanthemums are in their glory.
  • The nursery is engaged in the propagation, packing and shipment for sale of two flower crops: chrysanthemums and roses.
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  • For a pretty floral idea autumn leaves and chrysanthemums may be used to good account.
  • Modern chrysanthemums are much more showy than their wild relatives.
British Dictionary definitions for chrysanthemums


any widely cultivated plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, esp C. morifolium of China, having brightly coloured showy flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
any other plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, such as oxeye daisy
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: marigold, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos gold + anthemon flower
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Word Origin and History for chrysanthemums



1550s, from Latin chrysanthemum, from Greek khrysanthemon "marigold," literally "golden flower," from khrysos "gold" (see chrysalis) + anthemon "a flower," from PIE *andh- "bloom" (see anther).

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