The Love-Lies-Bleeding plant, one of the species of the amaranth.
amaranth definition by Webster's New World
- any of a genus (Amaranthus) of plants of the amaranth family: some species, as the love-lies-bleeding, have colorful leaves and showy, tassel-like flower heads and other species, as pigweed or tumbleweed, are weeds
- Old Poet. an imaginary flower that never fades or dies
- a dark purplish red
Origin: ; from Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin amarantus ; from Classical Greek amarantos, unfading ; from a-, not plush marainein, to die away: for Indo-European base see mortal
amaranth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various annuals of the genus Amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including several weeds, ornamentals, and food plants. Also called pigweed.
- An imaginary flower that never fades.
- A deep reddish purple to dark or grayish, purplish red.
- A dark red to purple azo dye.
Origin: New Latin Amaranthus, genus name, alteration of Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos, unfading : a-, not; see a-1 + marainein, to wither; see mer- in Indo-European roots.