- 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 of amaranthfrom Modern Latin from Classical Latin amarantus from Classical Greek amarantos, unfading from a-, not + marainein, to die away: for Indo-European base see mortal
designating a family (Amaranthaceae) of dicotyledonous plants (order Caryophyllales), including the cockscombs
- a. Any of various annual plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense green or reddish clusters of tiny flowers and including weeds, ornamentals, and species cultivated for their edible leaves and seeds. Also called pigweed .b. The small edible seeds of several of these species.
- An imaginary flower that never fades.
- A deep reddish purple to dark or grayish, purplish red.
- A dark red to purple azo dye.
Origin of amaranthNew 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.