Origin of geranium
- New 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 gerə-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, “crane”), plus the Latin suffix -ium.
- From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, “crane”).