acanthus /əˈkanθəs/

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I. noun

1. a herbaceous plant or shrub with bold flower spikes and spiny decorative leaves, found in warm regions of the Old World.

●Genus Acanthus, family Acanthaceae: many species, including bear’s breeches.
2.
[Architecture] a conventionalized representation of an acanthus leaf, used especially as a decoration for Corinthian column capitals.
– origin via Latin from Greek akanthos, from akantha ‘thorn’, from akē ‘sharp point’; the architectural term dates from the mid 18th cent.

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