Geranium meaning

jə-rā'nē-əm
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.
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Any of various plants of the genus Geranium, having palmately divided leaves and pink or purplish regular flowers.
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A strong to vivid red.
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Designating a family (Geraniaceae, order Geraniales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the pelargonium.
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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.
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Pelargonium: the florist's geranium.
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An intense red.
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Any flowering plant of the genus Geranium, the cranesbills, of family Geraniaceae.
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The common name for flowering plants of the genus Pelargonium.
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A bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.

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Of a bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Geraniaceae — the cranesbills.
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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 Wiktionary
  • From Ancient Greek γέρανος (geranos, “crane”).
    From Wiktionary