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chry·san·the·mum Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
chry·san·the·mum /krɪˈsænθəməm/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kri-san-thuh-muhm] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun 1. any of several composite plants of the genus Chrysanthemum, as C. leucanthemum, the oxeye daisy, having white ray flowers with a yellow center.
2. any cultivated variety of the plant C. morifolium, native to China, and of other species of Chrysanthemum, notable for the diversity of color and size of their autumnal flowers.
3. the flower of any such plant.


[Origin: 1570–80; < L < Gk chrȳsánthemon, equiv. to chrȳs- chrys- + ánthemon flower, akin to ánthos; see antho-] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

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