Carnation meaning

kär-nā'shən
Moderate to deep red.
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A pinkish tint once used in painting.
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A flesh-colored tint formerly used in painting.
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(botany) A type of Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its flowers.
  • Originally, Dianthus caryophyllus..
  • Other members of genus Dianthus and hybrids.
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The type of flower they bear, originally flesh-coloured, but since hybridizing found in a variety of colours.
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(archaic) The pinkish colors used in art to render human face and flesh.
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Sometimes, a scarlet colour.
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Of a rosy pink or red colour.
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(archaic) Of a human flesh color.
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Origin of carnation

  • From obsolete French flesh-colored from Old French (from Old Italian carnagione skin, complexion) (from carne flesh) or from Late Latin carnātiō carnātiōn- flesh both from Latin carō carn- sker-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French carnation (“person's color or complexion”).
    From Wiktionary