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Nov 22, 2013
This week's theme
Words coined after flowers

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lotus-eater
primrose path
lily-livered
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amaranthine

amaranth
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amaranthine

PRONUNCIATION:
(am-uh-RAN-thin, -thyn)

MEANING:
adjective
1. Unfading; everlasting.
2. Of deep purple-red color.
3. Of or related to the amaranth.

ETYMOLOGY:
From amaranth (an imaginary, undying flower), from Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos (unfading), from a- (not) + marainein (to fade). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mer- (to rub away or to harm), which is also the source of morse, mordant, amaranth, morbid, mortal, mortgage, nightmare, ambrosia, and premorse. Earliest documented use: 1667.

USAGE:
"Garda has retained its amaranthine appeal as one of the continent's most timeless getaways."
Thomas Breathnach; Still Waters Run Deep at Lake Garda; Irish Independent (Dublin, Ireland); Oct 19, 2013.

"The sky was now a deep dark amaranthine -- the color of blood -- and it was getting progressively harder to see through the gloom."
Steve Feasey; Demon Games; Macmillan; 2012.

See more usage examples of amaranthine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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