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globe amaranth

noun
1.
a plant, Gomphrena globosa, native to the Old World tropics, having dense heads of variously colored flowers that retain their color when cut.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; so called from the globose flower head
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globe amaranth

(Gomphrena globosa), ornamental garden plant of the family Amaranthaceae, native to the Old World tropics. Globe amaranth is a short annual with dense, cloverlike flower clusters that often are dried and preserved. The flowers are in groups on long stalks; they lack petals but have red, pink, orange, or white bracts

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