carnation

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English[edit]

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A carnation cultivar

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French carnation (person's color or complexion).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɑːˈneɪ.ʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɑɹˈneɪ.ʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

carnation (countable and uncountable, plural carnations)

  1. (botany) A type of Eurasian plant widely cultivated for its flowers.
    1. originally, Dianthus caryophyllus
    2. other members of genus Dianthus and hybrids
  2. The type of flower they bear, originally flesh-coloured, but since hybridizing found in a variety of colours.
  3. A rosy pink colour
    carnation colour:  
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 6:
      And the women of New Bedford, they bloom like their own red roses. But roses only bloom in summer; whereas the fine carnation of their cheeks is perennial as sunlight in the seventh heavens.
  4. (archaic) The pinkish colors used in art to render human face and flesh
  5. A scarlet colour.

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Adjective[edit]

carnation (not comparable)

  1. Of a rosy pink or red colour.
  2. (archaic) Of a human flesh color.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, possibly from Italian carnagione (flesh color), either way from Late Latin carnātiō (fleshiness) (from Latin carō (flesh)), or from a corruption of coronation (from Latin corōnāre (to crown), from corōna (crown)), because of the flower's use in chaplets or from the toothed crown-like look of the petals.

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carnation f (countable and uncountable, plural carnations)

  1. (uncountable) a fleshy pinkish color (not the color of a carnation flower)
  2. (countable) skin tone
    Synonym: teint

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