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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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  • Forms with strikingly coloured, large leaves are grown as ornamentals.
British Dictionary definitions for ornamentals

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 ornamentals

ornamental

adj.

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

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