Geranium Definition

jə-rānē-əm
geraniums
noun
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World

Pelargonium: the florist's geranium.

Webster's New World
An intense red.
Webster's New World
A bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
Wiktionary
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pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Geraniaceae — the cranesbills.

Wiktionary
adjective
Designating a family (Geraniaceae, order Geraniales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the pelargonium.
Webster's New World
Of a bright red color tinted with orange, like that of a scarlet geranium.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Geranium

Noun

Singular:
geranium
Plural:
geraniums

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

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