Acanthus

Genus of spiny-leaved Mediterranean plants
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acanthus

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Acanthus

These perennials grow wild in the grasslands, woods, scrub and rocky hills of the Balkans, Romania, Greece, eastern Mediterranean, and Africa. These plants, known as Bear's Breeches, need winter protection if grown in the North. They form lush clumps of shiny, dark green, lance-shaped leaves, which are deeply lobed. The leaves of A. spinosus a...
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acanthus

A Mediterranean plant. The leaves are thick, fleshy, and scalloped. A stylization of the acanthus leaf began in Greek and Roman decoration, especially on the Corinthian capital.
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acanthus

[n] - any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers
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Acanthus

A thistle-like plant that has thick, fleshy leaves with serrated edges. It is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used as a stylised decorative motif throughout history, with its most obvious use being on capitals of the Corinthian and composite order. The motif sometimes resembles the leaves of the dandelion, thistle or artichoke plant...
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Acanthus

A·can'thus noun ; plural English Acanthuses Latin Acanthi [ Latin , from Greek .... Confer Acantha .] 1. (Botany) A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear's- breech. 2. (Architecture) An ...
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acanthus

noun any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated
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Acanthus

• (n.) A genus of herbaceous prickly plants, found in the south of Europe, Asia Minor, and India; bear`s-breech. • (n.) An ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus (Acanthus spinosus); -- used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders.
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acanthus

in architecture and decorative arts, a stylized ornamental motif based on a characteristic Mediterranean plant with jagged leaves, Acanthus spinosus. ... [1 related articles]
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acanthus

acanthus 1. A group of native-Mediterranean plants with large, segmented, thistle-like leaves; a thistle plant. 2. The term acanthus is also used in architecture referring to an ornamental design patterned after the leaves of the acanthus plant.
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Acanthus

In architecture an acanthus is an ornament resembling the foliage or leaves of the acanthus plant (Bear's Breech). They were used in the capitals of the Corinthian and Composite orders.
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Acanthus

Classical ornament in the form of stylized leaf decoration based on the scalloped leaves of the acanthus plant.
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Acanthus

The acanthus leaf was used as a decorative motif on the Corinthian capital and later on the Composite capital. The form is a stylized version of the plant's long, slender leaves and pointed flowers.
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acanthus

acanthus (ukăn'thus) , common name for a member of the Acanthaceae, a family of chiefly perennial herbs and shrubs, mostly native to the tropics. A few members of the family, many of which have decorative spiny leaves, are cultivated as ornamentals—especially the Mediterranean acanth...
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Acanthus

The acanthus is a herbaceous plant of south Europe, Asia and Africa. It has large hairy, shiny leaves.
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acanthus

Herbaceous plant with handsome lobed leaves. Twenty species are found in the Mediterranean region and Old World tropics, including bear's-breech (Acanthus mollis) whose leaves were used as a motif in classical architecture, especially on Corinthian columns. (Genus Acanthus, family Acanthaceae.)
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Acanthus

plant with prickly leaves; a popular motif on Classical revival silver in the late 18th century.
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Acanthus

[Egypt] Acanthus (Greek: Ἄκανθος; in Ptolemy, Ἀκανθῶν Πόλις) was an ancient city of Egypt, on the western bank of the Nile, 120 stadia south of Memphis. Its site is located at the modern village of Dashour. The town was in the Memphite Nome, and, therefore, in the Heptanomis. It was celebrated for a temple of Osiris, a...
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Acanthus

[mythology] Passy highbridge in Paris, France. Photo credit: Gloumouth1 Archive - Nominations ...
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Acanthus

[ornament] The acanthus is one of the most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration. ==Architecture== In architecture, an ornament is carved into stone or wood to resemble leaves from the Mediterranean species of the Acanthus genus of plants, which have deeply cut leaves with some similarity to those of the thistle and pop...
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Acanthus

[plant] Acanthus is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, native to tropical and warm temperate regions, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Asia. Common names include Acanthus and Bear`s breeches. The generic name derives from the Greek term for the Acanthus mollis, ἄκα...
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Acanthus

A carving of the acanthus leaf used to decorate furniture.
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acanthus

A leaf used in Classical ornament, particularly on Corinthian capitals (the tops of Corinthian columns); frequently found on furniture as carved decoration or cast bronze ornament, particularly from the French, Louis XVI period.
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