designating a family (Geraniaceae, order Geraniales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the pelargonium
Origin of geraniumClassical Latin from Classical Greek geranion, cranesbill, diminutive from geranos, a crane from Indo-European base an unverified form ger-, echoic of hoarse cry from source crane
- any of a large genus (Geranium) of plants of the geranium family, having pink or purple flowers, long bill-shaped seeds, and leaves with many lobes; cranesbill
- pelargonium: the florist's geranium
- an intense red
- Any of various plants of the genus Pelargonium, native chiefly to southern Africa and widely cultivated for their rounded, often variegated leaves and showy clusters of red, pink, or white irregular flowers. An essential oil is obtained from the leaves of some species. Also called pelargonium . Also called storksbill .
- Any of various plants of the genus Geranium, having palmately divided leaves and pink or purplish regular flowers. Also called cranesbill .
- A strong to vivid red.
Origin of geraniumNew Latin Geranium genus name (under which Linnaeus included both Geranium and Pelargonium , later separated) from Latin geranium a species of geranium ( G. tuberosum ), cranesbill ( from the appearance of its seed capsule ) from Greek geranion diminutive of geranos crane ; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more geranium, superlative most geranium)
- Of a bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, “crane”), plus the Latin suffix -ium.
From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, “crane”).