chrysanthemum

[kri-san-thuh-muhm]
noun
1.
any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
2.
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.
3.
the flower of any such plant.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin < Greek chrȳsánthemon, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + ánthemon flower, akin to ánthos; see antho-

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chrysanthemum (krɪˈsænθəməm)
 
n
1.  any widely cultivated plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, esp C. morifolium of China, having brightly coloured showy flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.  any other plant of the genus Chrysanthemum, such as oxeye daisy
 
[C16: from Latin: marigold, from Greek khrusanthemon, from khrusos gold + anthemon flower]

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chrysanthemum
1551, from L., from Gk. khrysanthemon "marigold," lit. "golden flower," from khrysos "gold" (see chrysalis) + anthemon "a flower," from PIE *andh- "bloom."
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