- Bot. any of a number of related plants of a genus (Anemone) of the buttercup family, with cup-shaped flowers that are usually white, pink, red, or purple
- Zool. sea anemone
Origin of anemoneClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek anem?n?, altered, after anemos, wind ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Anemone in the buttercup family, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having palmately lobed leaves and large white or brightly colored flowers. Also called windflower.
- A sea anemone.
Origin of anemoneLatin anem&omacron;n&emacron;, from Greek, perhaps from anemos, wind (perhaps because the petals are lost easily in wind); see an&schwa;- in Indo-European roots, or perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew Na‘ăman, a man's name (literally “pleasantness”) and na‘ămanîm, perhaps a distortion of an epithet of Adonis in Isaiah17:10; see n&ayin;m in Indo-European roots.
Latin anemōnē, from Ancient Greek ἀνεμώνη (anemōnē), from ἄνεμος (ánemos, “wind”) + feminine patronymic suffix -ώνη (ōnē, “daughter of the wind”).
From Ancient Greek ἀνεμώνη (anemōnē), from ἄνεμος (anemos, “wind”), named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).