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[dahy-an-thuh s] /daɪˈæn θəs/
noun, plural dianthuses.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Dianthus, of the pink family, as the carnation or sweet william.
Origin of dianthus
< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek Di(ós) of Zeus (genitive of Zeús) + ánthos flower Unabridged
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noun (pl) -thuses
any Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant of the widely cultivated genus Dianthus, such as the carnation, pink, and sweet william
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C19: New Latin, from Greek di-1 + anthos flower
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1849, from Modern Latin (Linnaeus), literally "flower of Zeus," from Greek Dios, genitive of Zeus "Zeus" (see Zeus) + anthos "flower" (see anther).

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