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ornamental

[awr-nuh-men-tl] /ˌɔr nəˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
used or grown for ornament:
ornamental plants.
2.
providing ornament; decorative.
3.
of or pertaining to ornament.
noun
4.
something ornamental; decoration; adornment.
5.
a plant cultivated for decorative purposes.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; ornament + -al1
Related forms
ornamentality, noun
ornamentally, adverb
nonornamental, adjective
nonornamentally, adverb
nonornamentality, noun
overornamental, adjective
overornamentally, adverb
overornamentality, noun
preornamental, adjective
superornamental, adjective
superornamentally, adverb
unornamental, adjective
unornamentally, adverb
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Examples from the web for ornamental
  • The walk back home provided some ornamental slabs for me to flip.
  • We have some far more elaborate and ornamental world maps from a similar period.
  • ornamental wooden cow sculptures stand beside two comfortable chairs.
  • The balustrades and ornamental railings each are housed in custom-made plywood cabinetry designed to safeguard them.
  • Introduced into ponds and lakes as an ornamental plant, it goes forth and multiplies until it has taken over entire habitats.
  • So-called ornamental crops are a popular alternative to conventional food crops.
  • And it uses multimedia in an organic rather than an ornamental way.
  • Utility model and design patents are for small improvements or ornamental designs, ie cosmetic changes rather than inventions.
  • One of the museum's loveliest displays exposes a simple ornamental comb as the end product of exhaustive mechanical manipulations.
  • It can be either functional or ornamental design-large or small, current or vintage.
British Dictionary definitions for ornamental

ornamental

/ˌɔːnəˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of value as an ornament; decorative
2.
(of a plant) used to decorate houses, gardens, etc
noun
3.
a plant cultivated for show or decoration
Derived Forms
ornamentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ornamental
adj.

1640s, partly formed in English from ornament (n.) + -al (1); partly from Latin ornamentalis, from ornamentum.

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