Definition of acanthus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈkænθəs//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkænθəs//
[countable, uncountable]
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a plant which grows in warm regions, and which has shiny leaves with sharp points, and long thin parts with flowers on Word Originvia Latin from Greek akanthos, from akantha ‘thorn’, from akē ‘sharp point’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: acanthus