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Am"a*ranth (#), n. [L. amarantus, Gr. , unfading, amaranth; priv. + to quench, cause to wither, fr. a root meaning to die, akin to E. mortal; -- so called because its flowers do not soon wither: cf. F. amarante. The spelling with th seems to be due to confusion with Gr. flower.]

1.

An imaginary flower supposed never to fade.

[Poetic]

2. Bot.

A genus of ornamental annual plants (Amaranthus) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers.

2.

A color inclining to purple.

 

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